Good Monday Morning Coffee conversation everyone😊! I hope all is well and everyone is enjoying the blessing of life, especially in Christ! Welcome to another day, a new week, and another encouraging conversation. So if you are ready and have your favorite morning drink☕, then let’s get into it!
Unplugging from our default setting.
So, for today’s conversation I want to discuss the importance of rest. As humans we are very busy by default. We have this mindset that makes resting look like a waste of time. I remember I had a neighbor who was in her 70’s and she was always on the go even though she did not have to work. One day as she was going through her daily routine of ripping and running she stop and talk with me for a little bit. She was telling me about her day and then she said to me “I am so tired”, I responded by telling her “then go take a nap”, her reply to me was that she will rest when she dies. I was stunned and amazed by her response. Though I thought her response was funny, it really wasn’t. Her response is really example of someone who is uncomfortable with just sitting still, bound by the busyness of life, and who devalues the importance of rest. Maybe you may be thinking to self well it is her choice or she probably has some very important things to do. My reply to you is you are absolutely correct! We all have a choice and our reasons are our own business. What I want to do is draw us to something that will help us do life better.
Rest and Meditate.
In my earlier blog post I did a series called Quiet Time. After that series and being able to enjoy my quiet space, I am learning more of how important it is to take time out to rest. As I have mentioned, my space is a place where I read my bible, worship God, pray, and journal. I was doing this consistently but now I have lean more into just sitting still and mediating on Jesus. The other night as I was enjoying the peace of God, I just thought how clever God is. The scripture says that He uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise (1 Cor 1:27). I just started to laugh and think to myself that man can accomplish so much more if they would just rest in the Lord. It’s like God hid precious jewels in the most unlikely places but in plain sight. There are many scriptures that tells us to meditate on God and rest. Psalm 143:5 reads “I will remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands”. Psalm 63:6 reads, “When I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night”. Psalm 145:5 reads, On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wonderous works, I will meditate”. Matthew 11:28-30 reads, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls”. Psalm 127:2 reads, In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat, for he grants sleep to those he loves”. Isaiah 26:3 reads, You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are stayed on you, because they trust in you”. When I think of the my quiet time with the Lord I think of it as a place to be strengthen, recalibrated, refocused, refreshed, and instructed. Its like a head quarters where God wants to meet with us everyday because He loves us and has so much He wants to share with us.
If you think about, when we are resting or just relaxing that’s when we dream, recieve visions, ideas, instructions, a touch from the Lord and so much more. From our time of intimacy with Jesus we become more effective in this dark world and for the church because now there is power behind our actions and words. Many believers are operating from their own understanding and moving in their own strength because they are not waiting on God and resting in the finish work of the cross that Jesus carried for us. When I first started seeking the Lord and enjoying my time with Him, people would start coming to me and asking for prayer. When I prayed it was for the most part a simple prayer but I can feel the power of God strongly. These people would recieve their answer to their petition as well but when I tried to move without being prompted nothing would happen. When we spend time with the Lord, like Moses whose face was shinning so much that he had a vail to cover he his face for the sake of the Israelites, we to carry something in us that illuminates and will cause people to be drawn to us. You will become different after a while because of the presence of God.
So Inconclusion, I hope you will make rest a priority. Many of us are not only exhausted from the daily grind but we are spiritually dry and/or suffering because we just keep going. When I was in the military we had a saying “work smarter not harder”. Go to your head quarters, to a place where you can meet with God and rest in His presence. Learn from Jesus and turn from the ways of how the world says you should conduct your day. No longer choose to go about life aimlessly ripping and running but rest in the Lord and you will soon see that God has a better and smarter way. So with that, remember take it one day at a time and stay encouraged in the Lord.
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