Rest…Posted: June 30, 2008
This word has haunted me over the last three years. It is especially haunting me right now as I am on bed rest awaiting the arrival of our first baby. It has been two weeks into this venture that it finally occurred to me that I might should ask God what He wanted to do with this down time I was now facing.
I thought maybe there is some exciting project I could work on while down… maybe I could help Mark get some things rolling and on paper for Canvas, maybe I need to try to devour every parenting book there is …. maybe that’s why God hasn’t allowed Trey to come yet…. I need to be better prepared. So I threw the question out there to God and waited. The weekend came and went and I forgot I asked Him about it. Then this morning God answered me… not in a way I expected… in fact I thought it was my husband’s voice resonating in my ear because he has said this many times before….
God simply said … “I want you to rest and I want you to enjoy it.”
Why is it so hard for me to accept the fact #1 that rest is good and #2 that sometimes God simply wants to bring joy into our lives? I forget so many times that God is my Father. He acts out of love. The other day I came across a passage in Deuteronomy. It reminded me of the gentle and caring nature of God.
“For the Lord’s portion is his people, Jacob his allotted inheritance. In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye,” Deuteronomy 32:10