Finding Rest on a City Bus

Today I found rest for my soul on a city bus. I had thirty minutes to just sit without checking my email, reading the news or listening to music. It was beautiful.

I struggle with a restless soul especially during this season of my life. I am quick to become anxious and worry. I quickly leap for my phone and the endless checking of email, news and social media. This restlessness affects my relationship with God and my family.

Last night Hillary and I watched this recent sermon by Craig Groeschel on “soul detox” and the restless soul. Right when Craig mentioned the restless soul I knew God was talking to me. Finding rest in God is a theme that runs throughout all of Scripture. Augustine once wrote, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee, O Lord.” True rest for my soul can only be found in God, yet I don’t always practice this on a daily basis.

One of the jobs I was considering was in the suburbs of Denver. As I drove through the suburban neighborhoods and noticed myself quickly getting back in the rush of that life, I mourned that I wouldn’t be able to walk to work. Walking to work was good for my soul. It slowed me down to notice what was going on around me. It allowed me to rest in God.

As Hillary and I pray and seek God about where we want to live in the Denver area, I am drawn to the city. I like relying on city transportation and walking places. Honestly, I don’t like driving because it speeds up my pace of life.

This morning I kept my phone in my room until I left for work. It was amazing the amount of time that I got to spend with my daughters as they woke up. My quiet time was so much more restful without my phone next to me. I am going to do the same thing when I get home from work. I might even take the bus to work again.

What practices or disciplines do you practice to find rest for your soul?

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About joelnewton

I am a husband to Hillary, a father to Anna and Norah

Posted on April 24, 2012, in Personal, Spiritual Growth, Technology and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Jesse Joyner

    Amen, brother. I needed to read this.

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