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Saturday, 03 January 2015 12:46

Rest

Written by  Kim Hendrix
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Psalm 46:10:“Be still, and know that I am God.”

 

It’s a new year, a new beginning, a chance to start all over with fitness, personal growth and goals. So what’s on your “to-do” list?

Many of us hit the ground running with a new year. We make great plans to lose weight, de-clutter, get organized, change personal habits, all to perhaps become a better person. Let me add one more very important goal to your list: Rest.

 

The importance of resting in Him has become more apparent to me in the last month as my sister-in-law battles a cancerous brain tumor. For a year and a half she has courageously undergone various forms of treatment, all the while watching her physical strength wane. Recently as she told me about her loss of peripheral vision and balance, she looked up and said, “I want to say okay, Lord, I’m trying to fight this, what in the world do you want me to do?”  As I prayed about her question I could hear God saying, “Fall back in my arms and let me fight.”  In other words, rest.  Alternate words for “Be Still” in Scripture are “relax”, “let go” and “cease striving”.

 

That’s hard for us to do, isn’t it? If we’re not working on something in our own strength, laying out a plan and moving toward a goal, then we’re not succeeding. That’s the world’s definition of being a fighter. God’s definition is give it all to Him and rest in His loving, protective arms. Yes, do what He puts before you but don’t exhaust yourself trying to achieve your goals. Allow His plan to unfold in His way and in His timing.

 

Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

 

 

A close friend, whose son has spina bifida, shared once that when you feel helpless and everything is out of your hands, all you can do “is hunker down and trust”.  Her family has found themselves in the bunker of trust many times, in fact I would say they live there. What got them there is hard but the result is a constant stream of peace and strength, a confidence that whatever comes their way will first come through the hands of God, the filter of his love.

 

 

Isaiah 43:2-3: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;  and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

 

 

A health crisis often displays in fast motion and high intensity everyday life lived in our own strength. We will have valleys—times in our marriages, as parents, in our careers, as children caring for aging parents, when we may get to the point of saying, “I’m trying to fight, Dear Lord, but what in the world do you want me to do?”  I hope in those times, we can hear our Lord saying, “Rest, trust me and let me fight.”

 

 

We often need help hearing that voice and even more so reacting to that command.  As we pray for miracles in healing and strength to endure the battle, we join our loved ones and friends who need to fall into the arms of Christ, as their mighty prayer warriors—becoming the cords in a strong band of calling out to God.

 

 

Ecclesiastes 4:12: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is

not quickly broken.”

 

 

It’s a new year, a new beginning, a chance to let your Heavenly Father hold you and lead the way. Add “Rest” to your “to-do” list, in fact put it in the top spot, and be prepared to be blessed.

 

 

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for always being there, holding out your arms, saying, “Fall into me child and let me fight.”  May your sovereignty provide comfort when the battles of this life appear overwhelming and may we make ourselves available to all who desperately need rest.  In the mighty name of your son, Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen.

 

 

 

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