In our society, most people use their cell phones all day. They spend hours talking to this person, texting that person, scrolling through and posting on social media, Facetiming, watching ball games, reading books, listening to podcasts, and just about anything else imaginable. But at the end of the day, if they want to use that cell phone tomorrow, they have to make it lie down. The cell phone has to be connected to the charger, so that it can get new energy, new power, and new strength. If a person doesn’t lay their cell phone down, it won’t work for them when they need it to tomorrow. If they don’t recharge the batteries, they won’t be able to receive a signal or send out any messages. It is absolutely critical that we lay our cell phones down if we want to restore the power of the batteries. If we don’t lay them down and recharge them, they simply won’t work.
If God doesn’t make us lie down, we won’t work. We’ll expend all of our energy, all of our strength, and will try to keep working without any power left in our batteries. We’ll still try to stay up and work some more. God does some of His best work when His children are asleep.
Additionally, when we lay our cell phones down, they can’t just be put anywhere. They must be connected to a power source and be recharged. It is only when the cell phone is in the right place, connected to the right source, that it receives new life.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 ESV)