Rest, sweet rest. This is something I knew very little about for years and years. It nearly destroyed me, this ignorance. I would push and push, just trying to do something to earn the air I was breathing.
Rest, such a waste of time. Surely it is only for the ‘lazy’ folks who just don’t know that there is stuff to be done. After collapsing from severe exhaustion, I began to hear His voice, gently calling me to rest. But, but, how? How do I just stop? How do I just ‘rest’??
Learning to rest has been one of the most painful yet exhilarating lessons of my life. I struggled and fought with everything in me to learn to rest. Funny, I struggled to rest. I laugh now, but it was so hard.
Once I realized that drivenness is not a good character quality but an evil spirit, one to repented of and gotten rid of, peace came. Rest came.
You see, Jesus does NOT drive us, He leads us. Satan drives and pushes and never relents. Not so with my Jesus. He is gentle and loving and knows how far to take us and when to lie us down in green pastures. Yes, once that enemy was gone, rest, true, deep rest filled my soul.
Now, even in the crazy busy there is rest. Rest has precious little to do with inactivity, at least for me. It has so much more to do with my soul being at rest in Him. Oh, I still physically rest, but the inner rest is far sweeter.
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