This time of year, the roads in the local area are crowded with thousands of snowbirds who have come here for winter. There are cars everywhere!
Turning into a friend’s neighborhood, the peace that these trees bring to the empty street makes me sigh out loud with relief.
Too many people, too many traffic lights, too many cars, too many stores and restaurants – stop and go – too much noise. Around me and within me. My head can be just as busy as the roads – full of thoughts, ideas, ponderings, pressures all vying for the foremost of my attention.
And then I spend time with God, and it’s like turning off the main road and onto a quiet side street – peaceful, calm, a deep breath of cleansing air. Rest from the chaos of the world, from the chaos in my mind. His rest.
(Jesus to his disciples:) Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28