What Is Rest?

Thought For The Week 102

Small child having a doze

Life in the 21st century often seems to whirl by and there is frequently more to do than time in which to do it.  We can find ourselves stressed and anxious, resulting in the expenditure of emotional energy in ways that soak up our strength. The Psalmist, David, urges us to, “Rest in [Yahweh], and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7). Have you ever wondered, “How do you do that?” 

In Lettie Cowman’s book, ‘Springs in the Valley’, she asks the question “What is rest?” and the reply spoke to my heart:

“To step out of self-life into [Messiah-life]; to lie still, and let him lift you out of it; to fold your hands close, and hide your face on the hem of his garment; to let him lay his cooling, soothing, healing hands upon your soul, and draw all the hurry and fever from its veins; to realize that you are not a mighty messenger, an important worker of His, full of care and responsibility, but only a little child, with a Father’s gentle bidding to heed and fulfill; to lay your busy plans and ambitions confidently in his hands…to cease to hurry, so you may not lose sight of his face; to learn to follow him, and not to run ahead of orders…to be a clear medium for his life-tide to shine and glow through.  This is consecration, this is rest.”

I pray you may have a restful week!

Photo: Valerie Warsop

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