It is difficult to remember that God has rest for us.. too often our thoughts take over and before we know it, we are wrestling instead of resting. I began to learn about that long ago when I read a few books by Corrie Ten Boom. She is a hero of the faith and her words of wisdom never grow old or out of date.
I remember a story that she told of being in an airport in Europe somewhere. Someone came to pick her up.. it was winter and the person who was driving her had been drinking. They set out on icy roads ..the driver had a very difficult time keeping the car on the road.. they were swerving. There was nothing she could do.. so she went to sleep in the back seat and woke up when they arrived at their destination.
What a picture of resting.. I can’t imagine what I would be doing, I know I would not be sleeping! She had a deep faith in her God..the same God who kept her safe from the Nazis when she spent time in a concentration camp. The God who was with her when her sister died in that camp. She knew that God was faithful and would be with her in any and all circumstances. She rested in His goodness..time after time..until He called her home.
Lord.. help us to develop that type of faith..that clinging, nestling faith that holds on to you while you hold on to us. Keep us safe and fill us with strength for the journey.
” Don’t worry about anything whatever; whenever you pray tell God every detail of your needs in thankful prayer, and the peace of God , which surpasses human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus”
Yes..this post is for you! Remember to rest. What exactly is this rest I am talking about? It is intentional, not incidental. It doesn’t just happen because it is Saturday or Sunday or whatever day you may have without scheduled activities. The rest I am writing about is learning to be still and rest in His goodness. It is an inner rest..one that happens in our emotions, spirits, and bodies. This is the rest that God promises to His people.
How many of us experience it? I’m afraid the answer is sad..not many. We live in our busy demanding culture..often there is not even time to think about resting. Technological advances help make us more and more available to anyone at any time. We are plugged in..waiting for the next text, phone call, email.. whatever. Maybe it is time to take a break and look at the condition of our hearts. Is your heart heavy? Filled with anxiety or worry? Fearful? Tired?
All of these are signs that you need to rest. Corrie ten Boom wrote a little book about forty years ago .. the title is ” Don’t Wrestle, Just Nestle.” I love the title and today I pulled it off my shelf. I used to read this book over and over and I remember the reason. Her faith is so solid, so pure and so practical. She reminds her readers of the joy and peace that God has for us as we trust Him. Her life was filled with incredible trials..time spent in a concentration camp where she watched her sister die. She did not have it easy.. that was not the point. She learned to rest in Him.
The book is full of quotes.. I wish I could read it to you right now. One that jumped out at me says.” To worry is the same as saying to God ‘ I don’t believe you’.” Wow!
When we rest in God, we are telling Him that we believe Him, that we know that He is good and that we will lay down our own agenda in exchange for the abundant life He offers us. As we stop striving and trying to write our own stories, He will unfold each new chapter of our lives at just the right moment. He carries us in His arms and takes us forward..protecting and providing for us.
“Today is yesterday’s tomorrow you worried about, and all is well.”
” Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. No one was there.”