July 24, 2016 Leave a comment
For the rest of my life I will carry with me a lesson I learned about rest. My five-year-old grandson Elliot teamed up with God to make the point.
I have a father who is always watching. He cares deeply about my work but only because He cares deeply about me.
We will carry the heavy stuff together. I’m not big enough to carry big stuff alone.
You know how I know he always watches and carries the heavy stuff with me?
I know because of the times we just walk together. That’s when I know it’s not just about the work, it’s about us.
One day out of seven God invites me to rest with Him. It’s not just an invitation; it is a command. Rest with Him is the exercise that trains my soul to live the other six days with Him, to know He is watching, and to be confident that He is carrying the heavy stuff.
A few practical questions:
Over the past week did I protect a day for rest with Him? I have a Father who expects one day out of seven to be set aside for rest with Him. Did I push past that seventh day?
If so, did I push past because I felt like I had to or because I just wanted to? Either way I will have drawn some disturbing conclusions about the Father. I think it’s more about the work than about us together. More disturbing, I’m less suited to remember that He cares, that He is watching, and that He intends to carry the heavy stuff with me.
The one day out of seven is where I learn that it’s all about the walk, not about the work.
The earth will spin around seven more times in the coming week. I get to try again. What am I going to do to make sure one spin of the earth is just for walking with Him and not for working? How do I arrange to take that wonderful spin with Him?