My greatest desire is to show grace to all--to my loved ones at home, to my family and friends and neighbors all over the world, to my online friends such as you! But in order for my life to be a reflection of God's grace, I've got to soak up God's grace for myself.
Honestly, though, I don't have time for this. My to-do lists are long; the hours for completing them are short. Surely I need to advance, not retreat!
Yet I am pulled again to God's word. The words of Isaiah leap off the page, spoken to the people of God who needed to hear.
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
"In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength,
but you would have none of it.
You said, 'No! We will flee on horses.'
Therefore you will flee!
You said, 'We will ride off on swift horses.'
Therefore your pursuers will be swift!
A thousand will flee at the threat of one;
at the threat of five you will all flee away,
till you are left like a flagstaff on a mountaintop,
like a banner on a hill."
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
He rises to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are those who wait for Him! (Isaiah 30:15-18, NIV)
When was the last time you rested? Are you in too much of a hurry? Maybe you should take a few minutes to watch this episode of The Andy Griffith Show. Don't have time to watch it? Then you probably really need it.
It takes more than time to be still. It takes courage. But you can do it. You can rest. And you can know that God really is God (Psalm 46:10). I promise.
When was the last time you retreated from the world and rested in God's love for you?
Have any special thoughts on how to get away? Please share!