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Searching for Rest

I search for rest in easy places:

Like sleep

(which my racing thoughts prevent)

And distraction

(which works until I put my phone away)

Rest seems so simple:

Avoid the hard

Seek the good

But proves far more complex than this

If sleep won't come

And distraction doesn't fix it

Where can rest be found?

Will it be found in the places I avoid?

Is there a deeper rest

That comes from facing my sin and sorrow?

If I name the painful past

And speak the truth about my heart

Will I find rest?

If pleasantries bring a fleeting rest,

Will acknowledging pain bring

Rest's permanence?

They say that God meets us in our honesty.

Maybe if I face my pain

I will find true rest with Him.

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