From The Heart of Abba Today:
In quietness, in confidence, in returning and in REST is our strength.
But sometimes, sadly, we do not remember to live that way.
Then when we do live that way, we feel unproductive.
When actually we are called by God to do every single thing from a position of REST.
Having FIRST rested in/on Him.
Who we are….
The circumstances of our life (good and hard)….
The details of the moments of our days….
ALL that “is” us….
Firmly and securely at rest in ALL that is HIM.
Strangely enough, that REST is both an action and an intentional choice.
When we truly commit to live and move and have our being in Him,
Then we will learn to “practice His Presence” within all those moments of our lives…
By first having come TO HIM,
And resting all that is us, the good, the bad and even the ugly, in/on Him
Isaiah 30:15 ESV For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling,
See that log?
The waves would come get it… it would be rolled over and over, out to sea and back to shore.
At times it was stationary on the shore and appeared a nice place to sit and rest BUT then the surf rose again and it became a dangerous thing to be near.
Deception sometimes offers us what appears to be a safe place to rest, but ONLY Jesus is truly safe…
And from the log’s perspective, it had no choice, none whatsoever about what happened to it but eventually it will be at rest.
Interestingly, it remained a log through it all.
Once I imagine it was part of a dock or deck, only a few weeks ago. If it could think (which of course logs can’t but we can), I doubt it would have chosen to be torn apart from all it knew. One day, who know what that log will become. Could be a resting place for barnacles or other sea creatures or taken to someone’s home or perhaps a place along the shore for a weary one to sit.
But it will always be a log.
For us, sometimes, life happens. All we knew or thought we knew changes suddenly. If we can just remember to REST we will remember that we are going to be “OK”.