Tuesday, September 10, 2013

the salvation of rest

“Accept each day as it comes to you. By that, I mean not only the circumstances of your day but also the condition of your body.”

I stopped and reread those words, thinking I must have misunderstood the intended meaning.


God’s impeccable timing was at it again as I read the day’s devotion from Jesus Calling. I took a deep breath, lingering on the fact that God knew before these words were even written that I would be read them while battling a nasty virus.

The morning before I woke up way too early in the a.m. with sharp stomach pains. I vaguely remember promising God I would never eat a drop of queso again if He took away the pain, but it was early, so I don’t truly remember.

I moved myself to the couch so I wouldn’t disturb my sleeping husband and after downing the only medicine I had for stomach illness, managed to fall back asleep. I remember waking up at 10 a.m. frustrated. Frustrated because a) I wasn’t feeling any better and b) there was so much I wanted to do that day.

I wanted to try some new recipes, cook a nice dinner for my husband, go for a long run, maybe even start my next crafting project, write a blog post and cheer on the Razorbacks.

But no, I was stuck on the couch. And the next day, only feeling a slight improvement, God tells me to “accept it” {see above}.

“Your assignment is to trust me absolutely, resting in my sovereignty and faithfulness.”

I’m so good at making plans for myself, but I have a strong feeling God used this sickness to get me to sit down and rest. I had just finished my first week on the job. Friday night I sat on the couch with my husband for five minutes and fell asleep.

He knew I needed rest, and boy, did I get it! It was a good reminder that checking off my to-do list and cramming all the stuff I normally don’t have time for into one weekend is not my priority. My priority is trusting and resting in Him.

“This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.
~Isaiah 30:15

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