Reliable Rest

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

Jesus calls us to seek Him in all things and at all times.  When we are worn out, spent and depleted by life’s demands, He will provide a place of rest when we call on Him for help.  His yoke, His haul for us to handle, is easy, and His burden for us to bear, is light. (Matthew 11:30 paraphrased)  His heart is to handle the heavy stuff, and to empower and equip us for only that which we can carry by His strength.

His heart for me and His help, were again made abundantly evident as He answered my call for help again and again over these past 48+ hours.  We had a fun-filled weekend with family, and found ourselves in perpetual motion from sun-up to sundown.  Sadly, by Sunday night, Adventurous was asking to pass on his performance, for which he had prepared, for the previous several months.  When he requests rest rather than time singing on a stage, I know it is a sure sign of significant sickness…

My sweet boy’s throat hurt and his head was hot.  Sleep was eluding Adventurous because he was in such pain.  Neither prayer and petition, nor ibuprofen, were helping reduce his pain and high fever.  Finally, near midnight, Adventurous added vomiting to the mix.  As I asked, I felt assured that a trip to the ER would be wise.  Adventurous was a trooper and I was kept alert and at ease, as it took until early the next morning to determine the diagnosis of a serious case of strep throat.  We were both sustained and strengthened with all that was needed to endure our “adventure”, and at last arrived home to have some sleep.  Two hours later, I was again awake to assist Cautious as he prepared for school.  God supplied the strength that was needed to attend to both boys and to get Cautious ready and delivered to school on time.  Later,  I was again provided opportunity to return to rest, as Adventurous was ready and willing to sleep some more.  All through the day, I was aware of the grace I’d been given, and the glorious goodness of our loving God.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we are not meant to navigate this life on our own.  Thank You that You come and comfort and sustain us as we ask.  Thank You that in You, we find rest.  Teach us to continue to learn to offer our burdens before You and allow You to carry all of our concerns.  May our lightened load allow us to shine ever brighter and lead others to a place where they too may offer their burdens and learn to depend on You.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present


  1. Shannon, I admire your ability to focus on God’s grace in the middle of taking care of your son who was suffering with a severe case of strep throat. Then I love how you thanked God for giving you the strength to help your other son get off to school. May you continue to find comfort and rest in the Lord.

    “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake…” (Psalm 23).

    • Thank you so much Danielle! He is always so faithful, even in the midst of the tiring and difficult things. Psalm 23 is a beautiful reminder of His rest and restoration He is ever ready to provide for each of us.

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