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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Rest

Rest.  What does it mean to you?  Maybe it's taking a break from the kids; cup of coffee in hand and a good book.  Maybe it's a day off work to explore and discover places you've never been before.  It could be on a beach sipping a drink with an umbrella in the top or enjoying a well-earned Mars Bar at the summit of a mountain climbed.  

In our busy days and busy world, where accomplishments and achievements seem to reign supreme, is it even possible to truly rest?  Quiet is something most people are uncomfortable with and being alone equals loneliness for many, but what if those two things are keys to true rest...

"Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him..." Psalm 37:7

"Be still and know that I am God..." Psalm 46:10

Have you ever tried being still and quiet for 5 minutes?  It's a strange thing, especially if you're usually a "go-go-goer" like me!  But seriously, there's a time for everything and there's definitely a time for rest, a time for quiet, a time for being still.  It's a letting go, a breathing deep, and a release of control in many ways.  For me, it's in those times that I'm able to listen for God and to wait on Him.  They're moments to reset, recalibrate and regain perspective.  Without these moments/hours/days of rest, we're in danger of drifting and being dragged in a direction we never intended going in.  Maybe we're busy climbing a ladder, only to realise when we get to the top that we were leaned up against the wrong building.  Perhaps we're afraid to stop for fear that things will fall apart without us, or that we'll fall apart without the things... 

We were never made for a 24-7, 365 kind of striving.  A never-ending push for more.  Even God Himself created for 6 days and rested on the 7th. (Genesis 2)  It's in the resting, the listening, the silence, the solitude that we find our "true-self," we allow Him to help us re-discover who we were created to be.  It's in the resting that we learn to more than just survive...

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