The sun is setting and the sky is casting the perfect amount of shade.
The water is completely still, without a ripple in sight, as if it was not capable of producing the waves you have seen pass through it once before.
As I sit here watching the clouds move into position and evening come, I am overwhelmed at how much bigger He is than I am.
Have you ever felt like you saw a picture that so accurately described a word, it was hard to even describe to other people?
That’s how I feel in this moment as I look at the nature around me and think to myself, “This must be what rest looks like.”
There is a stillness that you can’t avoid.
There is a quietness that, despite the loud train that passes through only a street away, cannot be broken.
There is a deep knowing that there is someone much bigger than you who is in charge of all of this.
This thing called life, it doesn’t depend on you.
It is a privilege that we get to pass through, use some of His belongings to help make a temporary home and use the gifts He has given us and do our best to glorify Him in the process.
It is not deserved.
Or something we are entitled to.
It’s a gift.
And sometimes we pass through our days, consumed by our worries and our sour attitude take us from grateful to bitter.
We feel the loudness of the train and the pressure of the waves and our focus becomes the things He has created rather than the One who created them.
I think we are all guilty of this, aren’t we?
The world does not encourage us to be still or “rest” in His plan, even when our circumstances seem to be against us.
In fact, the world encourages us to do the opposite; to jump on the train and escape, add to our own kingdom and maybe that will satisfy us, right?
But we still come back to the home of our heart, feeling discouraged and overwhelmed because unfortunately there is no emergency exit when it comes to the struggles of life.
We have to go through the fire.
We have to wade through the waves.
That’s part of it.
But we do have one choice in all of it.
We can either rest in His presence and focus on His promises for our lives or we can focus on the distractions, the struggles and the uncertainties that lie ahead.
There will always be a problem we are figuring out or one that might be looming ahead (it’s just a quirk of this whole imperfect thing we got going on around here unfortunately).
I would like to say that I always allow my spirit to rest in His stillness, but that would be a complete and total lie.
Satan loves to lure me with the loudness and tempt me with worrying about the size of the waves, but I am realizing that despite how unsettling the circumstances might feel, I can still rest in a deeper peace.
One that is unaffected by circumstances.
A complete and deep knowing in who created My heart.
A stillness that the weather does not affect.
A constant and settled knowing in my purpose.
And it begins with my soul resting in the one who made this beauty in front of me.
He was here before me.
He will be here after.
He is the only forever.
And He freely offers such rest to every heart that seeks it.
Are you allowing your focus to be overwhelmed by what your hands are doing rather than who your heart is worshipping?
Or are you caught up in all the noise and have traveled so far on the train that you feel as though that “resting place” is simply too far away?
Well, take heart, and know that you do not find rest in a place, you find it in One person.
And He made you.
He’s waiting, my friend. Go rest in Him and appreciate all He has given you.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” -Matthew 11:28