The past few months have been a little quiet here on the blog, like really quiet. Almost silent. At the beginning of the summer, I felt the Lord nudging me to take some time to rest. We had just had a big transition and I knew this new season was important to pay attention to what He was going to show me. So that’s where I have been. Resting. But it has been a journey to learn a little bit about what that actually means.
Rest means: cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength. Be placed or supported so as to stay in a specified position.
The interesting thing about this particular definition of the word is that it is a VERB. If you don’t remember from elementary school, a verb is an action word. Resting isn’t doing nothing. Resting can be an action. Sometimes, I think people feel like if they take time to rest, that they are lazy or failing because they aren’t in the mindset of go, go, go. Culture tells us to power through it and do whatever it takes.
People will say “I’m fine. I just need to catch my breath.” Breathing, I think we can all agree is pretty vital part of life. But in the busyness of life, we make excuses for why we can’t take a break or slow down. For a little while, I even felt like because I wasn’t doing anything visible for all to see, that I wasn’t doing anything (Big Lie). For me, who literally LOVES planning, lists, creating, and thrives in the midst of chaos- This was hard.Jesus calls all who are weary to come to Him. He calls them to come to Him to give them Rest. In one of the many books I have been reading this summer, The Dream of You, Jo Saxton writes:
“In Jesus we no longer have to weary ourselves in the busyness that seeks to prove our worth. In Jesus, our exhausted minds and empty souls can finally discover a place of rest. And there with Him we can recover the life we were meant to live” (pg 163).
How beautiful is that!? Living from a place of rest all the time because you belong to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Because He is a GOOD father. Should you still have seasons of rest? Yes, I believe so. But I also believe that every day, I can live from a place of rest and know that everything was finished at the cross. Is this a finished journey that I now know all things about? HA! Absolutely not. But I will continue to learn and accept His goodness, love, and rest every day.So for me, this rest looked like learning, growing, searching for answers, and seeking Him. It was me enjoying every second with my family and friends. I love the way Jo Saxton says, “You have to rest to dream”. This season for me was about dreaming, listening to the desires of my heart, and the dreams that God had placed there. It was about me learning to live from rest even in the midst of questions or frustration. This was a very special season and it really prepared me for my new season this Fall. I’m so glad I honored this time because looking back, I don’t believe I would have transitioned into the Fall as well as I have, if I had ignored the signs to rest this summer.
At the end of the summer, I heard a timely message that talked about being able to Rest in the Done. This idea is being able to rest every day in the Done, or the finished work of Christ. It was an amazing message that really solidify things for me. If you want to check it out: Upperroom.
I hope you are encouraged to listen to how the Lord leads you into whatever season you are in and also to rest in His goodness every day.