Philippians 4:6-7 ~ “Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks. And God’s peace, which is so great we cannot understand it, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
I once heard my sister say that trusting and resting in God is like floating in water – you know, how you just lay back in the water, completely weightless?! I have always loved that imagery because it reflects that if we are trusting God than whatever burden we give to Him becomes weightless – because we release it and let Him have it! Well, sisters, I have been sooooo reminded of this the last couple of weeks. I have been experiencing a trial that has left me with gripped fists, tight muscles, clenched jaw, not to mention a headache and nauseated tummy! I have been tearful, well, ok….to be honest, I have had moments of down right sobbing and panic. And, then, I was reminded that I do NOT need to hold onto this. I have a loving Father whose son laid His life down for me (and you!) to take on all of my (and your) burdens…..HE is in CONTROL! And, I need to LET Him HAVE the CONTROL! I need to REST in HIS ARMS! He has this burden…..I don’t need to keep holding on to it! Now, does that mean the emotion stops? NO! Yes, I’m still tearful, at times, but releasing the situation COMPLETELY to Him relaxes me – rests me – calms me – gives me PEACE. And, by letting go ~ opening my hands, unclenching my muscles to relax, allows me the opportunity to receive HIS peace, His whisper of “I’ve got this Jackie”…..”I’ve got you”! And, it is then that I can REST – and, when I rest, I HEAR what He is speaking, His guidance, His comfort, His peace – an enormous amount of peace that is unfathomable. I hear from deep within my soul, “I’m here, I’m with you, I love you, I care for you”. I know, some of you are rolling your eyes just about now – I, too, am a BIG eye roller….and, it is when I am hurting the most that I tend to roll my eyes when I hear others and/or God say: “I understand, I’ve got this, I love you”…..’cuz what my eye roll is saying is, “yeah, right….how could you ever understand……how could you really love me”…..Sisters, that is Satan at his best….putting doubt into your mind, into your heart, and into your soul. I encourage you today tell that Satan to just stop it! He’s a big bully and he likes to bully you (and me) into thinking I am not loved, cared about, or good enough. Oh, yes I am (and so are you!). So, Sister, rest…..just rest…..rest in the arms of the One that paid the ultimate price and carries your burden, for it is in that rest that you will feel more open to receiving His grace, His love, His mercy, His forgiveness, His friendship.
And, if you need a little “visual” today – here’s a photo of my therapy dog, Sherman….Sherman is a big “rester”……when I was thinking about how I wanted to write this morning I walked through the living room to see Sherman just resting on the couch with his comfy pillow (I know…he’s spoiled…that’s o.k., he deserves to be spoiled, he loves me unconditionally – the least I can do for him is to spoil!). If you aren’t a swimmer or don’t enjoy swimming or “get” my sisters imagery of floating and resting/trusting God, then think of it Sherman’s way…..just lay your head on the pillow of God with all of your weight – or what is weighing you down – He wants to hold you and He wants to hold all of your burdens just for YOU! 🙂
Be blessed today Sisters and know that I am praying for each of you reading this ~ that through my words you will be blessed and feel encouraged.
All Glory Be To HIM,