Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Refuge in the Wilderness

In the expanse of the flat and thorny savanna, a lone acacia tree in Tsavo East National Park, Kenya attracts wildlife to find rest and comfort in its shade and greenery, causing a spidery web of trails cut into the desert earth.

It's been appropriately named the "tree of life."

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message)

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2, NIV)

Are you tired, worn down, or burned out on religious efforts? Come to Jesus. Find rest in the shelter of the God of grace, who offers us life and light and refuge.

(ht to 22 words)

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