‘Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet and rest yourselves under the tree; and I will fetch a morsel of bread and comfort ye your hearts.’ Genesis 18:4,5
These words were spoken by Abraham to three travellers as they passed by. Such lovely words spoken to those on a journey and we may well take them and apply them to ourselves on our journey through life.
Rest yourself under the tree of Calvary, the place where Jesus died. Let a little water wash you from all your weariness and sin. Eat the bread of life, comforting your hearts from every worry, fear and anxiety, allowing yourself to grow strong again for the next part of the journey.
Life is a journey, not a race. There must be moments of rest for us when we find new strength again. Rest is vitally important to the human mind and body. It needs rest to grow and function properly.
In the same way we need to rest spiritually. We need to stop, rest our minds on Christ, absorb His presence and experience His refreshing so we can go on functioning as a Christian and continue to grow.
When was the last time you came and sat at His feet like Mary? She had found what was important in life.
‘“There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”’
Come and rest. Come and find Christ at Calvary. Come and sit in the shade of that tree and let Him refresh you with the wonder of His presence as you surrender all your thoughts, desires and energies at the Cross. Then you will find the waters of refreshing, the bread of comfort and strength again for the journey that is ahead of you.
We have to make the journey whether we like it or not. We cannot stop ourselves growing older! The choice is given to us to travel the road in our own strength, growing old and weary, or come to that One who is the fountain of life and be refreshed. There, there is a joy for the journey!