I wrote the following poem quite a few years ago. I need to read it often, because it’s so easy for me to fall back into my workaholic mode of operation.

The Place of Rest

When my work becomes so serious
I lose sight of who I serve;
My flesh becomes so weary
I’ve no strength to do my job.


God’s gentle yoke feels heavy
When I carry it alone;
I’m consumed with fear and worry;
My confidence is gone.


But when I spend my day with Jesus,
When I focus on His face,
His yoke is not a burden;
He gives abundant Grace.


My heart is filled with joy,
And I do not fear defeat.
I know my God will triumph,
And I worship at His feet.


It’s only in the presence
Of my Lord that I can find
Strength and peace, love and mercy,
Wisdom—truth of any kind.


It’s only in His presence
That my heart can find true rest;
It’s only when I stay there
That I truly find success.


5 Responses

  1. Thanks so much for this poem Jane.
    It says so much about the benefits of resting in Him.

    this verse speaks to me especially:
    I’m consumed with fear and worry;
    My confidence is gone.

    My confidence in myself is nothing, my confidence needs to be in Him.

    Your poem reminded me of Proverbs 3:1
    Do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring peace and prosperity.

    You have so much to share Jane, so take your rest in Him and also take your physical rest to stay healthy and able to continue to bless us.

    1. Thank you, Rosemary, for adding your insight to this blog post. I so appreciate your encouragement and your gentle exhortation to me about staying healthy.

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