In all of your getting,
get some rest.
You jeopardize your goal and impact without it.
“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he (Jesus) said to them (the apostles), “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” – Mark 6:31
In the tense moments of life, when I am the hardest on myself, the moments when I feel the smallest, God gives me a nudge. He pushes through the self-inflicted interference and assures me. God tells me, “I am doing a great work in you.” His words reach down deep into the crevices of my heart where weariness finds its hiding place. They settle there like healing hands. Because God knows me, He nudges me again and repeats His words, “I am doing a great work in you.” He knows He has my attention now. And most importantly, He can feel my heart begin to lose its grip on the forces that weigh me down. Then, suddenly, I’m free once again from the traps and tricks of the enemy, to complete the work God has started in me.
Ephesians 2:10 states, “We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” God is doing a great work in us. Don’t allow selfish cravings, illusions of popularity, mental games, or irresponsibility steer you away from the good things God has planned for you, things planned before you were in your mother’s womb. We are His beautiful masterpiece. As the artist, each stroke of God’s brush is divinely placed on our life’s canvases to tell a story of faith. We should not be comfortable portraying ourselves as counterfeits. Allow God to finish what He’s started in you. God is doing a great work in us all.
Just when I think the bustle of life is slowing down, an urgent situation, an uncertain circumstance rolls in and disrupts my vibe. My pretty, wrapped-up in a bow thought processes to set-aside “me-time” or a “mental health day”, quickly dissipates to practically nothing until the next weary moment comes crashing in. As a teenager, I dreamt of my adult years as compartmentalized experiences that would yield a carefree life. Boy, did I get a reality check! My adult years have proven to be a mixture of sorts ranging from indescribable joys, hard-to-handle uncertainties and near-death experiences that have actualized a life I could not have planned for. I dare not complain. Even with its highs and lows, my life is better than what I could think or imagine. So, I press on.
My pressing is teaching me to flow with God as He dictates when and where and how. And I’m following His leading, getting what I need when I need it the most. Rather than be pushed away, I feel drawn even closer to God, motivated in a renewed mindset.
I am persuaded to live with fervor. I am persuaded to pray with fire. I am persuaded to serve with faith that moves mountains. I am persuaded. The life God has given me persuades me to be an example that points the lost, the broken, the forgotten, the cast aside – to Him. To Him, who saves me from myself. To Him, who is mighty in ALL things. To Him, who is Alpha and Omega. To Him, who bids us all to draw near to Him and find rest. Are you persuaded to begin a renewed walk with God? I invite you to do so today.