Blessing in the Resting

Psalm 37

1 Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord; Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. 6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. 7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm. (NKJV 914)

Child in Grass Statue by Jennifer Upton

There is a blessing in the staying – staying still, quiet, ears and heart open to hear God-truth.  There are so many other truths flailing about.  We don’t have to reach for every single one.  We need the truth that changes our lives from the inside out.  We need the True One who sets things write.  We need a truth that transforms.  I only know one Truth.  He name is God who gave His Son Jesus to reconcile every one of us.  God loves you most ardently.  He has good plans for you.  He does not desire that you remain lost, dazed, confused, torn, hurting, or helpless.  God loves you. God desires you. In and through Christ, we are made beautiful treasures in the Kingdom of God.

Let’s not forget whose we are and what He’s called us to. Let’s not get so caught up in the doing that we forget to be.  If you hear the whisper of God, respond.  He’ll come running to you – arms wide open.  Learn to let Him love you to wholeness.  God wants every part of you – bumps, bruises, and boo boos.  There’s nothing you have done that will make God love you any less.  God loves the broken.  God loves the reckless.  God loves the lost.  God loves the misunderstood.  God loves the left out and ostracized.  Simply put – God loves you!  He loves for you to rest, for when you rest He can restore you.

This is twirling around in my mind – to rest and just be.  We get so caught up in living our lives that often we forget to take time to be rejuvenated.  Sabbaths are for our good.  Mental and physical rest is for our good.  Take time somehow this week to get back to just being.  It’s safe to rest from the weariness of work – even if you love your job.  You’ll perform even better when you allow yourself permission to rest.  Maybe that means taking a nap, lying still, sitting still, walking outdoors, breathing deeply, enjoying a hobby – whatever that rest is for you, get there, and bask in it.

Sometimes we need radio ‪silence. The same is applicable to all the new social technologies available to us. We benefit from occasional social media silence.  Give your mind time to clear and form a decent, coherent though original to yourself and who you were made to by.  Cut out the clutter.  Still yourself to hear what’s been beating in your heart, in your soul.  Embrace the silence around you and push out the noise that has drowned out the Voice of the Shepherd.  I started out wanting to just be. Instead I got caught up in more doing. Well I’m stopping that foolishness right now-today!

Today I choose wholeness.  Today I choose the quiet.  Today, I choose rest.  Today I choose to live in the promise of Psalm 37 because worry and fret only cause harm, but when I rest by trusting and believing God – He sees me through the storm and makes perfect provision.  Today I choose to be His child – His daughter.  Today I choose to seek His way because what I’m doing aint’ working.  Today I choose to let God lead and direct my steps because merely copying what others are doing just slanders the work and call of God in my life.  In being we learn who we really are and what we are made for in this life.  In learning to just be we also come to see how we not have been authentic and true to what we were each uniquely designed for in life.  Being-ness opens the door for communion with the Creator.  The act of resting and being is a willful choice, and one I’ll gladly make.  In the quiet resting, He’ll remind me of my passions, dreams, and desires.  They came from Him anyway, but I let the world drown out His whisper.  So while many truths, half-truths, and ideas are swirling around the social realm, I’ll politely bow out momentarily.  My bearings must be found in Christ alone.

Yes! There is a blessing in the resting.  I want that blessing.  I do not want the curse, which comes when we fail to obey His word or we fail to rest when He hints at it or we get sidetracked by living life without breathing deep.  Let’s choose life today

How about you?  How is resting and being working out for you?  I’d love to hear your story?  Let’s share and grow together?

Reference:

NKJV Study Bible.  Radmacher, gen ed. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997.

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