Friday, February 8, 2013

On resting

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)

So that's what I'm doing this weekend.  Retreating.  Resting.  Soaking in God's love.

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!


Patty said...

Thanks for sharing! I agree, it is so important to take the time to just be. We are all so "busy".

Shelly W. said...

Words of deep wisdom here, friend. Thank you.

Patricia Krank said...

Oh Richella, such a good reminder and such a convicting Scripture isn't it? I'm happy that you're taking some time to rest and retreat this weekend. I'm not very good at doing that. In fact, I am glad when my accountability partner forgets to ask me if I've been taking my day of rest. Ughhh! Resting seems so counterproductive to accomplishing tasks. Lord help me! Blessings to you and have a wonderful weekend, Patti@OldThingsNew

Tanya Rachelle said...

A wonderful reminder. Rushing and hurry... is really counter to being peaceful. Have you ever noticed the driver who speeds around and by you? Then only to come up behind them at the next stop light?! Thanks for the reminder to rest and relax a bit.

Liberty said...

AMEN! and pass the silence! I'm heading into it tonight for a 24 hour break from the world. Always a nice reset button. And I think so incredibly necessary in this day and age of over-media consumption...
Are you headed to a convent or just turing off/unplugging for the weekend?
Blessings as you R E S T

New Every Morning said...

Beautiful reminder, friend. Enjoy the rest.

Tonya @ Love of Family And Home said...

I've been TRYING to do more of this! I feel like I too busy most of the time and my to-do list is always a mile long! I've been trying to step away from the computer more this past week....and it feels SO GOOD!!

Enjoy your rest this weekend Richella!! You deserve it...we all do! :)

Heather said...

This is such a beautiful post and such a wise reminder that we need to rest and be open to being still and listening for what God might say to us.

Krystle @ Color Transformed Family said...

Thank you for this post. I needed this remember... especially as my husband and I have been praying for a clear answer from God. It's hard for me to know that answer if I don't stop to listen to him.

Mindy Whipple said...

There truly is no substitute for resting in God and reflecting on His word. Great reminder that we have to be filled up to give out. Have a great weekend!

advocate homes said...

The world is designed to keep us busy for a purpose so that we miss the real meaning of life and don't find truth in God. Great advice to take time to just be!

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

Lovely, sweet rest. And I always say..Mayberry is still the only thing worth watching!

Scooper said...


I'm proud of you. And I hope it has been fruitful. : )

Anonymous said...

Wonderful reminder and beautiful passage!

Christina @ Direct flight to Sri Lanka said...

Wonderful post
"In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength"

These lines did touch me alot. Indeed Lord is a God of justice.

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