I wake again, because the LORD sustains me….(Ps 3:5).
I used to be one of those people who couldn’t make it through the day without caffeine. I’d wake up and the first thing I would do was chug a diet mountain dew.
Scientifically though, drinking copious amounts of caffeine actually has the opposite effect of what you’re hoping for. The body is always trying to stay balanced, keeping itself in a state of homeostasis. Caffeine gives us a little perk, but because of the quick rise it gives, our bodies come crashing quickly back down working hard to put ourselves back in a balanced state. That’s why we think we always need more coffee or some other caffeinated drink because we’re constantly trying to overcome the crash.
Life is a lot like trying to overcome the crash of an over-caffeinated life. The right response to a worn out, tired life is not to throw on more caffeine, but instead, find more rest. Many of us are running about, crashing all over the places, causing much destruction along the way. Instead of responding with rest, we respond in anxiety. We do more, try to fix it, cover it up, and make it go away. We cover up our pain not with rest, but with alcohol, relationships, money, sex, success and the like. Our vices are but vain attempts to find happiness. Their ability to offer any happiness is only temporal and fleeting. Just like that cup of coffee, we have to keep going back for more.
Jesus awaits us in the stillness of rest, to sit with Him in His shade and bask with Him in the perfection of His peace. As we rest with Him, He changes our hearts. He makes us realize we don’t need more to become to matter in this world. We don’t need coping mechanisms to deal with our present pain and worry. We need only Him and Him alone in the places of deep abiding rest.
Jesus, I don’t want my life to be characterized by one crash after another. I long for my life to be characterized by faith. The same kind of faith that asked for the sun to stand still. The same kind of faith that believed God at all costs. I long to sit in the stillness of rest, like Jesus did with you. Oh Lord, reshape my heart! Fill my heart with your vision, peace, and joy, in Jesus name! Amen!