When was the last time you just slowed down and rested in the shelter of God’s tender wings? I understand that it is Monday morning and you are off to work or you have a mountain of chores to be done. You lead a hectic life. Don’t we all!
I hate to slow down. I have a lot I want to accomplish, and in my mind, it’s all important. Yet, my fast-paced lifestyle is not in keeping with God’s design. Even God rested. My devotional yesterday was based on Mark 6:31, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” Do you think God is speaking to me? And the reading went on to list verse by verse the times that Jesus escaped the enthralled masses, the teaching moments, the people seeking healings, and went away to a deserted place to pray. Jesus was willing to leave his work to refuel, recharge, and refresh. And his ministry was really important! But even more important to Jesus was time spent with his Father.
We are now in the season of Advent. The time set aside to await the birth of Jesus. This is an opportunity for us to contemplate our willingness to travel to Bethlehem—a time of spiritual reflection. Or this could be a season so filled with activity that there is no room in the inn of our heart for Jesus. Are you willing to rest in the shelter of God’s wing? We don’t have to do it all; the important tasks will get done. Slow down, take a few deep breaths, and relax knowing that God will bring rest to the weary. Now doesn’t that feel better.
Prayer: Lord, I am willing, I really am. Teach me to pause and ponder.
With resolve, I hit the pause button and relax, Linda