I’m really wanting to hear more from God. There are times in life when you can coast along because nothing major is shaking up your world, so you feel safe and secure. Even in these times we should seek the Lord, but often times we do not. For several years I’ve been living an unsettled life. Frequently I would hear in a sermon or read in the bible or be told by family and friends that I should rest in Christ. I’ve even found myself saying this to others…lately I’ve been wanting to discover what this ‘rest’ actually looks like.
For months and probably years, I’ve perceived rest as doing very little, sleeping in late, not going out, being quiet and staying still, but after a while, although beneficial to a point, I would feel myself becoming anxious because I didn’t seem to be achieving anything….and this is the problem I guess. Just doing nothing is an achievement if that’s something you usually struggle to do…., so this morning, in my quest to feel better about rest and to understand it more, I thought I’d ask the Lord what His rest look likes.
The scripture that sprang to mind was Matthew 11:28-30
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
I’ve read this scripture so often and it has brought me much peace and comfort in difficult times, but I’ve found myself at the point where I no longer want to just read the words, I want to experience the promise in a tangible way, so I asked the Lord how I could achieve this and His response was to pray, which led me to one of my favourite scriptures: Philippians 4:8 – be anxious for nothing, pray about everything with praise and thanksgiving. Wow Lord… There is much worry and uncertainty in my life as I continue to journey along the path of single motherhood, three rapidly growing children, ever increasing needs, wants and provisions that must be met. It gets worrying at times, but Jesus tells me not to worry, but to pray, not to wring my hands in despair but to rest in His loving arms. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews11:1). Even though what I see does not seem to be enough, I need to trust God that He sees what I perceive as my lack, and He will provide all I need according to his riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). His word says that those who trust in Him will not lack any good thing (Psalm 34:10). We must speak His word into our circumstances, we must be honest and bold in our prayers, we must seek Him, lean on Him and trust in Him at all times. This is rest.