Rest in Me

Taken from the daily journal “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young:  Entry for October 1st:

“Worship Me only.  I am King of Kings and Lord of Lords, dwelling in unapproachable Light.  I am taking care of you!  I am not only committed to caring for you, but I am also absolutely capable of doing so.  Rest in Me, my weary one, for this is a form of worship.

“Though self-flagellation has gone out of style, many of My Children drive themselves like racehorses.  They whip themselves into action, ignoring how exhausted they are.  They forget that I am sovereign and that My Ways are higher than theirs.  Underneath their driven service, they may secretly resent Me as a harsh taskmaster.  Their worship of Me is lukewarm, because I am no longer their First Love.

“My invitation never changes:  Come to Me, all you who are weary and I will give you rest.  Worship Me by resting peacefully in My Presence.”    1 Timothy 6:15-16; Isaiah 55: 8-9;  Revelation 2:4;  Matthew 11:28

I found these words particularily powerful because I too experienced a period of intense weariness several years ago.  I was suddenly and unexpectedly faced with the lose of a spouse, my home, dear friends, my health and my livlihood, all within a span of six months.  Talk about feeling like you’ve been hit by a mack truck.  That was my life.  At the time all I knew was the pain and grief of all this loss.  But as I was forced to spend many months resting and recovering from a major health issue, and no longer able to physically be the independent, self-sufficient woman I had always been, I found myself having to rely on the mercy of God’s graciousness each and everyday of my life since that point.  And what a transition it has been.  These words may be just words to you, dear reader, ones that you may even gloss over and discount because they reference the Bible and scripture but they became my reality.  I was forced to rely on God’s total mercy over my life because I no longer had any control over it.  Nor did I have a loving supportive partner that I could rely on. 

By giving up all control to God, by putting complete 100% faith and trust in the Lord was I able to construct a new and more powerful life for myself.  God cleared so many paths for me.  He guides me each and everyday.  I rely soley on His guidance in all the actions and decisions I make today.  I haven’t been guided so marvelously since I put my total and complete life in God’s powerful and loving hands.  Was it scary to do this — YOU BET!  There were days when I didn’t know when I would see the next dollar that would come my way, but it came and in the most marvelous and unbelievable ways.  The path that I walk today is no where the level of walk I was taking before all this series of events overwhelmed my life.  I look at this period as a true blessing.  And I know that because I have chosen to take this ATTITUDE of blessing, my life as become a true blessing.  I am no longer weary.  I sleep in consistent peace – no more restless, sleepless nights.  Is this unique to only me.  I don’t believe it is.  I believe anyone can experience this IF they choose to believe God and His Word.  By putting it in importance in your life (and only you can make that choice) you will see the miraculous happen.

 

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