Layby’s and Services

My husband and I pulled into a ‘layby’ on our life journey this week and headed down to the West Country, our destination was a much loved Christian Retreat. We headed, according to the Sat Nav, onto the fastest route, via the motorways. Our purpose was a week’s pit stop where we could rest, refuel and recharge.
Once underway, we had planned a nonstop journey. The fuel tank was full, the tyres were checked and we were armed with travel mugs of hot coffee so we were feeling, unusually for us, a little smugly prepared.
But this wasn’t to last for long! Soon our dashboard pinged an audible warning accompanied by a visual Exclamation Mark. Frustratingly our vehicle then informed us that we had low pressure in our front left tyre so, despite all our checks, we now had to seek the first available fuel station.
So, as I began to focus more closely on the signposts regarding upcoming Services, I began to notice the signs by the roadside, announcing ‘Tiredness can kill, Take a break.
Suddenly, I felt Holy Spirit bring an impact with the combination of our destination and this message. He then quickened this scripture to mind;
Book of Matthew Chapter 11 verse 28 and 29. ESV
28 Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
‘Rest for our souls.’ This really stood out to me. Also, we are twice instructed how to find rest in these two consecutive scriptures. Rest is important.
So, fatigue can kill in the natural but it had been highlighted to me that it can also suck the living water out of our spiritual life, like the hot sun dries out the terrain in the desert.
We need to seek out an oasis both spiritually and in the natural.
As Jesus is the reason for this season, then rest for the soul should be top of the ‘To Do’ list but as I look around me, I can see harassed and stressed people with turkey, tinsel and that elusive but perfect present at the forefront of their minds. Honestly, I don’t need to look around me to see this; I can sometimes just look in a mirror! But, I have been reminded, tiredness can kill. In more ways than one.
Keep the Christ in Christmas and keep yourselves close to the origin and the source. His yoke is the only one you want around you!
So with that in mind, I would like to thank you all for your kind support this year and I would like to wish you all very Merry Christmas!

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