Posted by: karanoel | August 30, 2012

To rest in peace

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3

I can’t even remember the last time I wrote a blog post. It has been several months, I know. But here I am, eight months pregnant with doctor’s orders to rest, a computer in my lap, and a happy heart for the somewhat forced opportunity to set aside all the things I would like to accomplish and write again.

That is not exactly what I felt yesterday when the “rest” portion of my orders was reiterated and it was clarified that brief respites in a busy day didn’t count. I got in the car and cried hard, overwhelmed at the impossibility of setting down my busyness. Throughout the rest of the day, every time it came to mind, the tears poured freely again. I know this sounds ridiculous. It did to me too, especially considering the absolute trust I felt when some bigger issues recently arose in my world. But there is clearly something the Lord wants to do here and I am so grateful.

What comes to mind is a statement made by Graham Cooke in a message I heard years ago. He said that God doesn’t want to give us strength; he wants to be our strength. If he were to give us strength, we would take it and run (most likely in our own direction) until we had exhausted it, and end up right back where we started. How very true that is of me – wanting both strength and autonomy, so often spending what the Lord has given me as I please, growing weary and sometimes lost in the process, and ending up back at his feet in desperation. It serves the purpose of coming to understand my dependence, but it’s not as the Lord intended it. He wants to be our strength so that we will always be led along right paths, through every dark valley into green pastures, spending our energies on what truly matters, and be perpetually replenished by his presence.

As we learn to trust more in him and less in ourselves, we will never need to return to his feet in desperation because we will never have left. How intimate a relationship; how deep a trust! We will continue to grow stronger and even the valley of weeping will become a place of refreshing springs (Psalm 84). It is a different kind of strength; one filled with joy and a sense of inner rest, despite any outward activity or even painful circumstances. I’ve tasted it before and it is… oh my, so simple and yet so beautiful.

So I enter this season of rest with joy as he refreshes my soul, lacking nothing because my good shepherd has provided all I need. And I pray that you also would be led to green pastures and into the deepest rest for your soul. I missed you!

What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings. They will continue to grow stronger, and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.” Psalm 84:5-7

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Responses

  1. Rest is beautiful. Crazy scary sometimes, but wholly beautiful because we do get to remember that we have all we need. There will always be more vacuuming, more laundry, more committees, more errands, more stuff on our to-do lists. But God has given us all that we need and the rest of it (both good and bad) is gravy. Enjoy this peaceful rest

    • Crazy scary and wholly beautiful – perfectly stated, so true! I think it is this key piece to what God wants to do in my life. So interesting how he goes about getting us positioned for his blessings, isn’t it??

      Sent from my iPhone


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