My Resting Place

This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it. Psalm 132:14

Do you have resting place? I do. Not only a literal one but just a place in my mind’s eyes to shut out the world. You would not believe how tough it is to write when it is noisy, I have to focus, and on Jesus, but isn’t that true of most anything? Years ago, I fed the birds early in the morning before the work day.

I so enjoyed that, coffee on the porch, watching them enjoy the morning time with me and their food, the flowers were in bloom in the spring and summer, it was a resting place. There was a bank my mother used and when we drove there she parked where I could watch the swan pond at the apartment complex across the way. In the days of drive through, and when you hit send and pay online, a ten minute trip for whatever it was she was checking on or paying inside, that was a resting place.

Taking joy in God’s creation is restful, peaceful and even a few minutes from the hurried work a day world is a great help. Getting your child to draw, color, do a puzzle or read a book, is restful. It is a great way to incorporate prayer and worship with them.

Is there a park you like? A special place to picnic? And ice cream parlor? There is a lot to be said of the good old days, though Ecclesiastes warns against getting in that mindset, and even Jesus warns us not to look back. These should be our good days, everyday that the Lord made should be good. He called them good, and the nights as well. We can have a full day and then a night of rest.

It is not always like that though and that is why I am writing yet another series on rest. I want to speak His peace to believers, His rest, His healing. He needs us to be still and let Him fight our battles, of the mind and literal ones. Exodus 14:14 So, I want us to find a resting place.

If you can can get away for a weekend, do it. Do you live near the beach? Go take a walk. Even walking around your neighborhood as some ladies did here, is a break. I like rose gardens, and I love butterflies and hummingbirds. There are so many ways to get into a restful place and and calm the frustrations of the day.

Jesus said we would face evil everyday, but to be cheerful, because He overcame  it and so can we. So find your resting place, or secret place, I know some mothers who would hide in the bathroom with chocolate or cookies or even sit in the garage listening to music. You do have to get away, no matter how much you love your family, and since you can’t pack up and leave everyday, we can rest even amid the chaos, whether sleep or changing a thought pattern.

And when visions of sugarplums and ballerinas, even a swan pond, isn’t getting you to sleep, here are some restful verses.

I will give you rest. Jesus, Matthew 11:28 There is a real place of Sabbath Rest in God.

My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. Exodus 33:14

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently on Him. Psalm 37:7

Yes, my soul, finds rest in God; my hope comes from Him. Psalm 62:5

Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. Psalm 116:7

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from His. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. Hebrews 4:9,10,11

Hazel Silva

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