My kids are water bugs, like most their age I would imagine. They love playing in the water all throughout the warmer months of the year, and sometimes unaware of their own limits in the colder.

My kids are water bugs, like most their age I would imagine.  They love playing in the water all throughout the warmer months of the year, and sometimes unaware of their own limits in the colder.  
Their swimsuits have been in the washing machine almost every day for the past few weeks.  And it is not always a pool or a creek.  They will find a water hose and put it good use if they can’t leave the house.  
We also enjoy a good water park.  I usually don’t mind a water park. They are not my favorite, but there is a lot for the kids.  My preference would be the lake, but we seldom have time for that.  I do enjoy a good lazy river, and will try to convince the kids how fun the lazy river can be, though they don’t buy it.
The lazy river gives a few minutes of rest from the running around and busyness of the rest of park.  The lazy river provides a slower, quieter moment that requires little effort.  The lazy river is a nice reprieve every now and then.
Life for the Christian, and ministry specifically, are often fast-paced lives of service.  While we “know” we need times of rest, my typical style is to “go, go, go” without always realizing how exhausted I have become.  My weariness then starts to show in my attitude, my parenting, my lack of compassion and so on.  Many of you probably know what I am talking about.
In Matthew 11 Jesus invites to “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Most likely he is referencing the Jewish religious system we call “the Law,” where following God’s law and offering sacrifices seemed like an endless and fruitless endeavor.  
Jesus is offering rest to the spiritually exhausted and bankrupt.  Still, for many of us who serve in ministry there is a great reminder here.  We too need rest.  We too need intimacy and times of refreshing, where we find satisfaction by being still and being with Jesus.  Our efforts won’t save us, nor will they make us more effective.  We need more and more of Jesus too.  Hop on the “lazy river,” catch your breath and spend time with the only One who can truly refill your cup.    

Sean Pratt writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.