A few weeks ago we began our morning, we got up and were running around all day. I was tired and feeling overwhelmed because I hadn’t slept great from a storm the night before. My husband was out of town, and we were in survival mode for the week. I know myself enough to know that on weeks like this I need space and time to reset even during the day, not just at bedtime. But I forgot in all the chaos.
So we made it to bedtime and I realized I hadn’t read my devotional. And thought, “it’s okay I will just read it tomorrow, there’s grace.” And there was and is grace for me missing my devotional (and you too if today was one of those days for you!). But I felt a nudge to go ahead and read it that night. So I did, and the title was “Medicine for the Midnight Moments” and it was on rest. (Secret Strength: For Those who Search by Joni Erikson Tada)
How beautiful these words were on rest. Salve to my tired soul that night. Resting in His Sovereignty: He is in fact in control. Webster defines rest this way: “to remain based or founded to cause to be firmly fixed.” Many nights my thoughts can bounce all over, which happened that night after those storms. And I forgot a phrase I like to say out loud before bed, “I can rest, because my God can be trusted.” Might sound silly, but when I say it out loud it reminds my brain I can rest with the truth: the world is not resting on my shoulders, but His. In these moments I realize I do have what I need. It is here if I will slow, stop, and listen.
My youngest did a project at school, a Bible stop sign. Red is stop and pray, yellow is listen to God, and green is go where He tells you. The simplicity of God is amazing to me. How he just speaks so slow and kind to us. It is not condemning or controlling. Its a wooing voice that calls us to rest and sit with Him. So He can reteach us.
I love these sweet moments, where God steps in and says yes! Don’t despair daughter, I’m not done with you yet. I’ll keep showing up, you don’t have to doubt for a second if I will be there, and then He does, shows up again for me and for you.
He is faithful, Sovereign, and true.
How is God showing up for you?
Abba, help us to rest here, without having all the answers. Help us to rest in Your Sovereignty. You are great and mighty, help us to see how big You are so we are not overwhelmed with our present state. We need you and ask that You guide us in the path of peace and rest. In Jesus name.