Thursday, November 18, 2010
I would hate for the ride to end, but the slowing down before its stop would pull my heart and head into balanced reality.
When placed together, those four phrases sound very enticing. In imagination their ideas resonate with desire. In reality, they are met with resistant pleas.
They are, nonetheless, part of our Father's pattern for Christian existence.
The Greek word Jesus uses for rest in Mark 6:31 is anapauo (an-ap-ow-o), which means to cause or permit one to cease from any movement or labor in order to recover and collect his strength; to refresh; to give one’s self rest; to keep quiet; to be calm and have patient expectation.
Take time for breathing. Yield to Christ's call. Create a place for some restful waiting. Let Jesus' words give life and healing as you choose to be in His presence.
He speaks. He offers rest. He extends renewal.
As falling leaves prepare my tree for a new season, so God's pauses in our lives prepare our souls for fresh grace. Rest is not a delay of God's best. It is part of His best. And, friend, for spiritual wholeness, it's really not an option.
Take His hand and go with Him. By yourself. Find a quiet place and rest your soul in the strong arms of your Father.
Waiting and Expecting,