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June 7, 2022

Jesus Is Our Rest

"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:7)

I was in a SoulCycle class a few years ago and we were doing intervals. We would sprint on the bike against a hard resistance for 60 seconds, rest for 60 seconds, then proceed to do it 5 more times. During the sprint the instructor said, “You can gauge how in shape you are by how long it takes your heart rate to return to a resting beat - the longer it takes, the more out of shape you are, the quicker it goes back to resting, the more in shape you are.” As she said this, it made me think of faith and how this could be true of our spiritual health.

How long does it take my heart to return to a resting beat in the middle of a crisis? How long does it take me in the midst of a trial to remember I have Jesus on my side and He has my whole life under control? How long does it take me to realize my mind is spiraling straight into the pit where Satan wants me? 

I’m a visual learner and this has become one of my favorite tools to catch myself before or in the middle of a spiral. When my heart starts to pound with anxiety and fear of what's to come, just the mention of Jesus’ name can stop the spiral and bring perspective.

Like a SoulCycle class, life is sweaty and hard and one class isn’t going to change us. We have to continue to put in the work. We have to continue to exercise our faith in the midst of the sweat, in the midst of the dark. If we are spiritually healthy, our hearts quickly find rest.

Today, if you start to spiral or start to entertain anxious thoughts, speak Jesus’ name out loud, over your life, over your circumstances and He will bring your heart to a resting beat.

Every time we exercise this tactic, our hearts become healthier, relying on Jesus as our rest. We are human, we are going to stumble. But how quickly will we let Jesus pick us up? How quickly will we let Him give our souls rest?

Each trial, each anxious thought is like a workout - an opportunity to get healthier. When Jesus is our strength and our peace in life’s intervals, He gives us endurance to run the race marked out for us.

I might be huffing and puffing after every SoulCycle class but I leave with a smile, proud of the work I put forth during those 45 minutes. Life is tough, absolutely brutal at some points, but let’s activate the Holy Spirit and let Him work out our hearts and shape them into His. Let us embrace God’s gift of being able to smile through the hard stuff with Him by our side, cheering us on.

Suggested listening : Rest on Us - Maverick City Music 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you for the opportunities to activate your Holy Spirit. We thank you for not leaving us the way we are but giving us tools and opportunities to grow our spiritual health. Give us the discipline and strength to fix our eyes on you. Give us your endurance to run the race You have set before us. We love you. In your name, Amen.

Suggested Reading: Hebrews 12:1-3

Kendall Oelfke

Baseball Chapel
P.O. Box 10102
Largo, FL 33773

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