“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Exodus 14:14 NIV
By Mary Stout
Spring in the south is a glorious time of the earth coming to life again. As it approaches, the jonquils emerge, redbud trees bloom, and dogwoods lace the landscape with intricate patterns. Daisies emerge from their resting place and dot the fields with their blooms. The winter resting period is done and we are blessed with the beauty of renewed strength once again. Resting is an essential part of God’s plan. The trees and flowers know this instinctively.
As a while, we don’t do a good job of resting unless we are retired or sick. Most times we spend life running at breakneck speeds trying to get everything done in a day. We allow ourselves to get distracted from rest by the sheer amount of things we have to get done. We think we should be busy all the time.
Here are a few things resting will do to help us:
Taking time to rest and read scripture helps us get spiritually closer to God. As we study the word, He reveals himself to us. When we take time to meditate on His word and in prayer, He answers us in the stillness of rest.
Taking time to rest gives us time to connect better with those we do life with. Slowing down often allows us the time to call and check on others in the church, or come up with ideas to create more beauty around us. As we slow down our energy, our brain is renewed and clarity happens.
Resting provides resilience in our spirit and our body, recharging us for another day. As we take time for God, He takes care of us.
Prayer: Help us oh Lord to remember to rest. Restore us as we rest and bring us back to the center of your will. In Jesus name, Amen