Pearl Three: Rest is of God
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you REST. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find
REST for your souls.”Matthew 11:28
I can not begin to count the number of times I have been sent into a place of rest unwillingly. After burning the candle at both ends until there was no longer a candle to burn, I would find myself bed bound for days. Exhausted, sick and aching, I vowed to have learned my lesson. I will see rest as sacred rather than lazy. This promise was always short lived until amnesia takes over and I have revived the candle and burn baby burn.
There is something deeper here that I have found and has led me to appreciate, desire and seek rest. Rest is birthed from a position of trust, and often goes beyond the physical need to a deeper emotional one. We can easily live on a roller coaster with our emotions fearing outcomes, questioning decisions, or doubting that His promises will happen for us. We become mentally and emotionally depleted. You may "claim" to trust as I often have, but my calendar spoke differently. My calendar said.... I will do ALL things and pray I have time to squeeze in some Kingdom instead of seek ye the kingdom and all things will be added. If God's timing didn't always fit into my plan, I would gladly help Him out which often led to a sea of regret over bad choices. I would go from one ulcer to another trying to make a decision that would keep me in His perfect will instead of just trusting His hand moving in my life. It is comical now that I think about it that my desire to be in His will led me to an ulcer....be anxious for nothing, right? There's your sign, Ro.....you have clearly missed His will...lol. We can choose to live in turmoil or begin operating from a place of rest. I'm beginning to think God was behind the Calgon Take Me Away commercials cheering Yes! Yes! Yes! Get some Calgon and bubble up and I will meet you there!!! For some crazy reason, I always seem to hear Him in the tub.
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
Rest happens when we begin to truly get who He is and that we are loved by Him. I am seeing in my own life the power of rest. Rest allows God to move because we don't fear His timing but expect His showing. Resting in His presence restores our weary souls and bring us joy (In HIs Presence, there is fullness of Joy. Psalm 16:11) Rest renews our mind from a house of torment (You are not enough!) to a place of assured identity....I am the Beloved! Rest allows the sacred to invade our busy lives and edify the Spirit of God in us and fill us with greater vision to live out from. Rest says to the enemy of our hearts....you can't touch me because my God Has This! Sweet friends, the enemy of your heart has convinced you that rest is irresponsible and negligent, but only because he knows the power of it.
When you begin to TRUST His Word, Rest happens organically....
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8