I sometimes struggle with really resting. Even while on vacation I keep thinking, “Did I get all my work done? Hope everything runs smoothly while I’m gone. Did I forget anything?”
On my day off, I sometimes schedule a lot of “appointments”, errands related to car, house, appointments with doctor, dentist, etc. Not exactly a day of rest.
But perhaps my greatest struggle with resting is the issue of my heart. Even though I know better, I often act as though it all depends on me. Every relationship, every task, every problem.
Now I believe work is a great thing.
But, “the best work is done out of rest.” (Louie Giglio)
So if I want to do my work effectively, from a place of strength, then I must learn when and how to rest.
Here is what the psalmist says about rest.
Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge. Psalms 62:1, 5-8
“To truly rest affirms to God our confidence in His purposes without our needing to figure anything out for Him.” (Louie Giglio)
So as I fully trust God and His purposes, I will find rest.
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want……