The eleven days in Serbia are behind me and a new season of life stretches out before me, full of promise and adventure! My body is tired, my soul quiet, my mind reflective.
I long to hit the ground running. An explosion of grace and power, rocketing me into my place in the expanse of God’s love for this world. But at times it’s necessary to stop the motion and rest. Just rest. It’s not glamorous, we won’t gain renown for resting. But we will all become the individuals we were meant to be, if we will refuel.
Rest. It’s a gift we often resent. Our children need to learn from us the beauty of rest, to step away from the frantic pace of life and just be. They need to know quiet in Jesus presence distills truth, reveals purpose, and fills in the empty cracks of our souls with peace.
Creativity doesn’t run on fumes. Healthy relationships aren’t born in the hearts of exhausted people. People who don’t rest merely survive.
If we don’t run in fear of silence and stillness, hopefully our children won’t either. Let’s pray they will grow up embracing the rest God has provided for his dear ones.
Father, Thank you for providing your very best for us, your loved ones. And thank you that that includes rest. Help us to remember that true rest comes when we recognize you are in control, you’re the one who provides for our every need. We want to be people who meet you in the quiet, and sit unhurried in your presence. Allow us to set the example of resting in you to our children. May they be wise and grow up knowing all of life is contained in you and they can trust you all the time. May they live lives of unhurried trust in you. Amen.
The Lord replied, “I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you.” Exodus 33:14
Do you teach your children by example that when the Lord is present there is rest, everything will be fine? How are you doing in the area of setting a tone of rest for your family?