Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. – John 19:30
I read this and thought about Jesus in the desert. Both times, Jesus experienced something immensely emotionally draining and physically tormenting. But also in both cases, He didn’t become hungry or thirsty or need rest until the task at hand was finished.
It is almost a depiction of the story of creation — God created, then rested, and then finished. He received the sour wine and then said “it is finished” and gave up His spirit. Nothing is completely finished until there is rest.
This reminded me of a word spoken over me, that my time here in Cambodia will be a time of restoration. Oh, God, let it be so. Although, I am working here and doing many things, every task fills and is still filling me up with joy (sometimes it doesn’t start out that way, but it always ends that way).
You need rest to have restoration. And you need restoration yourself to help restore others.
This week I will focus on spiritually, mentally, and even physically resting and being ok with it. Resting isn’t laziness. It’s all about intentions and heart in the matter.