Rest or Relief?


February 12, 2015 by Renee Griffin

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  

~Matthew 11:28

Weary?  Yes.

Burdened? Oh, boy.

Rest? Please!

Truth is, most times I haven’t pursued REST.  I just wanted RELIEF.

And I need relief from the buzzing.

The intensity of my day can be measured by the volume of buzzing in my ears.  

(Do your ears buzz when they’ve been stuffed too full of sounds?  

Please, tell me it’s not just me.)

 At the end of a loud, busy day, it takes a bit of time for the buzzing in my ears to fade.  My sweet family is well versed in my need for periods of silence.  I’ll say, “Mama’s gotta go sit down and relax for a minute.”  They know to leave me be.  It’s for the best.

My prayer is usually, “Lord, give me relief from the stresses of the day.”  I need to just sit still in the quiet for a few minutes, take some deep breaths,  and then I can race back into life.  This plan works fairly well, but it’s not the best.

What I need is not relief, but rest.

The scriptures say to go to Jesus, and He will give me rest.  

So many times I have gone to Him with my hands full and begged for relief from the burdens.  I’ve tried to continue every single activity on my to-do list, without opening my hands to change. I’ve filled a million sticky notes with verses about REST.  I’ve underlined and highlighted all the scriptures about REST in my Bible, and can quote a few, too.     

I’ve prayed for REST, but settled for RELIEF.

rest relief

What’s the difference?

Relief is defined as “alleviation, ease, or deliverance through the removal of pain, distress, or oppression”. *

Yes, I would like a double shot of relief.  Please remove all pain, distress, and oppression immediately.  Thank you.

The trouble with chasing relief comes when I remember the scriptures.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”~John 16:33

God never promised a trouble-free, pain-free life; He promised to give us rest in the midst of burdens. 

Relief reaches for the quick fix.

Rest reaches out to Jesus.

Relief grabs.

Rest receives.

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“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will REST in shadow of the Almighty.”  ~Psalm 91:1

God calls us to a deeper place than temporary relief.  He calls us to REST in Him.

How do you REST in Jesus?

Would you share in the comments below?   I’d love to hear your words.


Joining Kelly Balarie’s #raralinkup over at Purposeful Faith.  Come be a part of the tribe of encouragement.  We have a place for you.  

*relief. Unabridged. Random House, Inc. (accessed: February 11, 2015).

5 thoughts on “Rest or Relief?

  1. Dawn Boyer says:

    I am always asking my kids to define words and I love how you elaborated on these two words. I am not always good at resting, but I am learning, because to get the relief I need… I have to rest. I am so glad that my kids have learned this better than I did, they haven’t inherited my perfectionistic tendencies and I am grateful for His grace as He teaches me to rest in Him.

    Great words of grace, today!

    Liked by 1 person

    • I just love words and definitions, too! Glad to connect with a fellow #wordnerd! 🙂
      Resting is is tough and has to be intentional, but it is so worth it. Thanks for stopping by. I pray you find an extra measure of His Grace and Rest today.

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  2. Carmen Horne says:

    “I’ve prayed for rest, but settled for relief.” Yes my friend, me too. Thanks for sharing your heart. Your graphics are beautiful 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Amen Renee. And, the rest comes in due process. It is according to his timing and not ours. It is worked out in a more meaningful way that changes us, not just in the moment, but over time. I loved your comparison of these 2 words. Thank you for this. I celebrate the rest in Jesus Christ with you today. You are a special person and I love that you make the #RaRalinkup so special.


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