The Guestroom of Rest by Paulette Phillips

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The Guestroom of Rest
Series: The Rooms of Her Heart
Paulette Phillips
Matthew 11:28-30

In the guestroom of our homes, company should be encouraged to rest.  If you have that spare bedroom, maybe long since abandoned by a son or daughter who is off to college or married, you have the ideal chance to open your home for out of town guests who need a night’s respite.

Even though we know this room should be peaceful, calm, soothing and restful, too often we fill it with leftovers and a hodgepodge of whatever is extra in our home. Or even worse, it becomes the “catch-all” room, piled with assorted sewing projects, old magazines you’ve never read, and bags of clothes and other items you intend to take to charity but never get around to! If someone needed to spend the night at your home, you're not even sure you could find the bed in that room!

A lack of rest and sleep robs us of the strength, balance, and energy our bodies so desperately require.  You can make physical changes in a room that can promote this rest.

Think about how you would tackle the “remaking” of a guestroom! The decor of this room must be deliberate and well planned.  This room cannot become a landing zone for unwanted or dilapidated hand-me-down furniture.  Restful colors or wallpaper should call out a welcome invitation to the visitor. A comfortable overstuffed chair and ottoman, along with reading materials, a lamp, and table should indicate that it is a place for taking a break!  Flowers, candles, a table fountain, chocolates, pre-packaged snacks, and bottled water on an attractive tray can satisfy late-night hunger.  Other amenities in the room could include fluffy towels, bath products, music, and closet space for clothes.  A must for any guest room is a Bible, a note pad, and pen or pencil.

However, an inviting room is not the only answer to the quest for rest.  Rest for the physical body is not enough; for more importantly we must have rest for our souls.  In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus promised precisely that.

"Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

The Secret of Rest

True rest involves the condition of your soul.  How can I have this calming tranquil inner Sabbath?  Scripture uses the words rest and Sabbath interchangeably, but both may translate "stop," `end," or "cease."  In Genesis 2:1-3 when God finished his creative work, He stopped from all his work on the seventh day and called the Sabbath day a day of rest - a holy day-a sanctified day, a day of Sabbath, a day of rest and restoration.  God himself rested or stopped work because He had completed his work.


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