Throw yourself upon God’s faithfulness as you do upon your bed, bringing all your weariness to His dear rest.Charles Spurgeon
There’s just something lovely about going to bed. Sure, it might take some persuasion to get me to put down my book and actually fall asleep, but once I’m under the blankets and the lights are out, I’m happy.
For a little bit, I don’t have to worry about work or school or writing. It’ll all be there in the morning. But now I get to rest.
Maybe you find that comfortable resting place snuggled in your favorite recliner. Or in a hammock at the beach. Somewhere your worries don’t, or rarely, follow you.
But let’s face it. No matter how fantastic taking a nap or reading a favorite book after a long day might feel, those worries will still be there later.
That big decision will just be closer when you wake up. Your overdue paper is not going to write itself.
And ultimately, true rest, true peace, true comfort is not found in a pile of pillows or wrapped in a quilt.
It’s in God.
Peter calls us to “[cast] all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
Notice why we are to cast all our cares upon God. Because He cares for us.
The God of the universe cares about you. He cares about your big concerns and the little ones.
There’s a difference between knowing and caring. So many times, we tell someone about our problems only to discover they really don’t care. They were just asking how school was going to be nice or to make conversation. You can see it in their glazed eyes and shifting movements.
But God is different.
He knows about the cancer diagnosis and the text from your best friend saying she’s having a rough day. He knows about the weird sound your car is making and the shooting pain in your wrists. And He cares.
Not a sparrow can fall to the ground without Him noticing, and we, the people redeemed by the blood of His own dear Son, are worth more than many sparrows (Matthew 10: 29-31).
Instead of seeking temporary rest in our beds and blankets, let’s find our true rest and peace in God’s faithfulness, resting in the knowledge that He knows and He cares.