A couple years ago, my goal for the year was to live a stress-free life, to let nothing and no one stress me. Needless to say, I failed miserably. While I tried to maintain a cool, calm and collected façade, my mind was constantly fretting over things that weren’t worth it while I neglected some things that needed work and attention thinking I was striving to be stress free. Plus, the word ‘rest’ has been going around a lot lately…surely this was a sign to kick off my heels and chill for a bit…
Thing is, I’ve found out that isn’t exactly what it meant. Imagine it this way, when you accepted Christ, it was kind of like accepting a marriage proposal. There are certain perks and responsibilities that come with the relationship, which is why you were made a bride and not a girlfriend. The spouse gets access to things the side chick doesn’t. anyway, the perks in this relationship mean you can rest in certain truths, (perks)
You can rest in the fact that He loves you unconditionally
You can rest in the fact that He’s always with you and will never leave you stranded or alone
You can rest in the fact that He doesn’t base your value on your actions but on Himself. He paid for you with His blood, so you are very much priceless.
You can rest in the fact that no matter how glum, or hopeless, or stagnant things may seem, He’s right there in the midst of it with you
You can rest in the fact that He watches, guides, protects and guards you and is conscious and concerned about your experiences and feelings
You can rest in His promises for you
However, as much as some quality R and R is good and sometimes needful, rest does not mean laziness. In as much as we can rest in God and all of His awesomeness, some things just require us to get of our beds and get things done. Take out time, make time to do what is necessary. Make time to study, to pray, to learn. Make time to bask in His presence and just enjoy fellowship with Him (remember we’re married now!) and like my friend says be jealous for His presence. Don’t procrastinate, do what He has asked you to do. He’s given you a purpose and an assignment, all those itty-bitty things you need to do to get prepped, Do Them.
TD Jakes once said, “God does things in steps, with each step preparing you for the next”. The steps may not seem like resting, I mean hello! Why do we have elevators? But take the steps and while at it, rest in the assurance that this is what’s best for you and He’s there to help you if you ever get tired.
So, I guess the conclusion of the matter is this…rest your mind and your consciousness in the love, grace and peace of God, but don’t let your body become too heavy to do his work. That way, you can rest easy while working diligently.
Grace and Peace