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Word for Wednesday: Rest

December 11, 2016   |   Word for Wednesday

Matthew 11:28

Thoreau went to the woods because he “wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life” – to determine what was really important. We no longer live simply. The hamster wheel of life keeps turning and we desperately need to jump off the wheel and rest. To live simply, if even for a few days in the forest.

In fact, much of my enjoyment of going into the outdoors is the feeling of peace, solitude, and restfulness of mind, body, and spirit. There, we confront the essential human needs of shelter, food, water, and warmth. There we are left alone with our thoughts.

The message our culture sends in times of difficulty and anxiety is this: If there’s a problem, fix it. And get over it. We feel we need to DO something. So seeking rest in the middle of chaos is countercultural and counterintuitive.

The very act of humbly turning to the Lord in times of trouble is comforting in itself. He calls out us, Come to me – and we must take the first step or we will never find rest. We will never find peace. He calls us to bring our burdens to Him and let Him do the rest.

Jesus doesn’t present us with complex laws, nor does he set conditions on asking Him to help us with our burdens. He just asks us to follow him, to trust in Him, to hope in Him, and to rest in His peace.

May God Bless you on your Journey.


Deacon Kevin Richardson

Kevin is a Catholic Deacon who serves in a parish setting and works with adults and teens, incarcerated individuals, and people who are homeless. He grew up in New England and spent decades exploring, hiking, and camping in the forests of New Hampshire.

Deacon Kevin leads Holy Adventure Outdoor Ministry, located in Central Illinois, and provides unique outdoor programs and retreat opportunities (from several hours to multiple days) to encounter God while immersed in the beauty and simplicity of God’s creation. Programs are Bible based and offer an introduction to a wide variety of wilderness living and survival skills.