“Come to me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
How is your “rest response” during unrest at work? Does this seem like an unusual question or a bit of an oxymoron? On first glance it may seem so, but if you have ever experienced unrest at work, you may look back and realize there was more restlessness than relief, more disquiet than quiet and more stress than stillness. This could apply to a general unrest at work which may be affecting many people, or something personally affecting you.
I recently reviewed the journal I wrote during a difficult situation at work. During that time, I had to make a decision on whether to sell or purchase my business from my business partner. As I read over the notes, I was impacted by how often I commented on the need for rest.
Are you presently anxious about something at work? Are you waiting for news of a job change? Have a colleague who is difficult to work with, and you find yourself tense and defensive when you are communicating?
We need to draw our attention back to Him and rest in Him. We need to be able to detach ourselves from the situation and attach ourselves to God. We need to turn away from the work circumstance and turn to God. We need to take time to stop seeking answers on our own and seek the One who can provide the wisdom to know what to do.
Satan will not want you to seek God, His rest and His wisdom, he will want you to stay stuck in anxiety, stress, despair and unhealthy habits. Satan will not want you to turn to Jesus, the calm in the storm who can give you rest for your soul. Even though there may be tension at work, you can be calm. Even though you are waiting for important news, you can feel peaceful.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the work You have provided me. Please give me the wisdom to honor You in my responsibilities as well as in my responses to difficult situations. Help me to be aware of how I am responding and always turn to You for wisdom to know what to do, guidance to do it and rest for my soul because I know that You are with me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Monday: Are you dealing with a difficult situation at work that is consuming your time, mind and heart more than it should? Take a moment to honestly pray and ask God if this is the case.
Tuesday: Do you have a strategy for dealing with the problem to ensure it does not cause you to be anxious, distracted and/or all-consumed by it? Consider if you have determined specific times to work on it so you have times of rest.
Wednesday: Do you truly feel you have prayed about the issue and given it over to God? If not, make it a priority to do so today. The rest you are longing for may depend on it.
Thursday: Have you claimed a verse to help you focus on God in the situation? If so, make it your screensaver on your phone or laptop to remind you He is with you at all times and in every situation.
Friday: How many hours of sleep are you getting, on average, at night? If not 7 to 8, then what can you start to do differently? Physical rest can help you focus your thoughts and emotions during a stressful situation.
Have a blessed week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work