My hip replacement was April 8. The Lord has reminded me of some truth in these last couple of weeks.
Being quiet is not easy. But resting is even harder for me. I always feel like I should be doing “something”.
Thinking about the scripture that we are to “labor into rest” really hit me today…
Since I quit teaching two years ago, I have found it necessary to stay busy. I am always doing something. I like to keep busy. These things are not bad things, but they indeed keep my mind occupied. I might be creating, studying, writing or working at the station.
But since surgery I have not had a tremendous amount of energy. Of course, I had a list of things I wanted to do while I “rested” from the surgery, but alas they did not get accomplished.
Why? Because my body has required “rest” to heal. I will not be able to regain my energy and be totally healed without it. I must make myself rest and not feel bad because I am not accomplishing something I deem important.
I need to learn to listen to my heart and recognize when I am not “resting” in Him spiritually as well. I cannot be who He created me to be without it! I cannot hear Him as clearly when I am busy. I have to choose to rest in Him!
I do not have to do anything to get closer to Him, to have Him love me more or to please Him. He is pleased with me because He loves me. My rest is indeed in HIM, Jesus Christ!
It is amazing how loud His voice is when I am actually quiet, still and listening. Sometimes rest will do that to you.
Now…go be still….and rest!
IN CHRIST ALONE
*NIV Bible, personal graphics
2 thoughts on “Rest…Redefined”
lol you truly are my twin. Rest is so hard for me. Even when I know God calls us to it. There is a sense of guilt if I am not doing something. The enemy can make us feel like it is selfish.
I have to remind myself of this, my “Type A” personality tends to run the other direction! And often times we subscribe to others’ expectations. We can indeed eat fruit from the tree of “good and evil”. Good often keeps us away from resting in Him. Thanks for reading my just found “twin”.