Margins For Restfulness

Posted by Jerry White on Jun 24, 2009

“Margin, the space that once existed between ourselves and our limits, was an early casualty. When you reach the limits of your resources or abilities, you have no margin left. So as history and progress picked up speed, we hit limit after limit. Slowly, margin began to disappear. Then when exponentiality took over the controls, margin vaporized.
Now that we have exceeded so many of our limits—personal, emotional, relational, physical, financial—we have no margin at all. Yet because we don’t even know what margin is, we don’t realize it is gone. We know that something is not right, but we can’t solve the puzzle beyond that. Our pain is palpable, but our assailant remains unnamed.”
Richard A. Swenson, M.D.
Margin, 55

The Lord Jesus did not have a watch, or a calendar, or a schedule book, and yet, when He came to the end of His life He said to His Father, “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do (John 17:4, ESV). He never seemed rushed, or in a hurry, or fretted about not having enough time, and yet, He was always on time according to His Father’s will. He lived without all the electronic gadgetry we have for keeping in touch with others, and yet He talked with, ate with, and was in touch with all those the Father appointed for Him to encounter. We are in danger of being swept along like debris in a flooded river by the swift current of our culture so that we miss the best our loving Father has for us. If we will enjoy His promised rest in this overly busy and distracting society, then we must learn from Him in quietness and aloneness at His feet. This is how the Lord Jesus lived. His lifestyle is our prescription— if we will become like Him. His Life within us is our strength—if we will walk as He walked—in childlike faith, with implicit obedience and by simple abiding. The Lord Jesus tells us it is possible.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 (ESV)

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