Do you need to leave the planet?
Saturday - June 6th
Scripture to Read for Today's Devotional: Matthew 11:28-30
Today's Selection from our Sermon on the Mount Reading Plan: Matthew 7:21-29
Come to me, all you who are weary
and burdened, and I will give you rest.
A week ago today, SpaceX launched NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley into orbit, successfully beginning the company's first crewed mission. The launch also represents the first time NASA has launched its own astronauts since the end of the space shuttle program nearly a decade ago.
Just after 3:22 p.m. ET, the Falcon 9 rocket carrying Crew Dragon and the astronauts lifted off from the launchpad. About 12 minutes later, Crew Dragon reached orbit successfully. The astronauts reached the International Space Station on Sunday morning. The pair will spend a couple of months on board the space station before getting back to earth.
Elon Musk, the leadership and ingenuity behind SpaceX, partnered with NASA to launch Americans from American soil for the first time in over ten years. This is the first time a private company in the United States designed a rocket to carry NASA astronauts into space and executed that launch of that rocket successfully. The United States had been paying Russia $80 million for one seat on a Russian rocket to get our nation's astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA's partnership with SpaceX has brought that cost to below $55 million per seat on a flight. President Trump, Vice President Pence, and other national leaders were in Cape Canaveral last Saturday for the historic launch. Our nation stopped during a global pandemic and historic race protests to witness the incredible sight of the rocket's launch.
Within hours of the launch, hundreds of tweets and memes related to the event began to pop up in social media feeds. My favorite tweet was, "Congratulations to the astronauts that left earth today. Good choice." That tweet got retweeted by thousands of people. Why? It captured something everyone has been feeling. We are weary. We are tired. With the coronavirus scare, the stay-at-home frustration, the economy in shambles, and all of the racial tensions, we are exhausted. We are exhausted to the point that we smile and laugh when we think about the astronauts choosing to go to space to stay away from earth's problems.
Jesus Himself knew of the weariness of the human experience. He walked among us. God the Son walked in human flesh and lived the human experience. Because of that, he gets it. He empathizes with us. That is why in Matthew 11:28, Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Jesus invites you in your exhaustion, frustration, and emptiness to come to Him. You can do that in prayer. Simply, say, "OK, Lord, here I am. I am here tired and weary. Please give me rest and renewal in your presence." As you pray, open your arms. Verbalize how tired you are and what it is that has worn you down to that point.
You don't have to escape the planet to find rest, if you are worn out, go to Jesus and discover the rest only He can give you.