What does it mean to rest?
A while ago, I wrote a post called The Year Of Rest. I have long meant to write a follow-up post because I have been so excited to tell you what I’ve learned. Now that I am deep into this year, I can truly say this is the year of rest, and I am so excited for every year coming being just the same.
A few days ago, my mom, sister, and I were analyzing which one of us disliked change the most. My mom declared that she liked it least, my sister next, and I was after. I do like routine. I like having a structure so that I can flourish out of it. But change also excites me. A few years ago I was really tired, not necessarily in a bad way, but tired. I had learned so much but I was pretty exhausted from it. That was when I wrote The Year Of Rest. It would be more aptly named the Year Of Peace, The Year of Joy, The Year of Learning How to Rest.
So when I said I liked structure above, what I was thinking of was having a schedule every day, but what it really comes down to is who is in control. Structure is nice but control is nasty. I don’t like having control because I can’t do it right. I have been learning to nestle deeper into Jesus. He is my protector and friend. Oh sweet reader, he is so good! It makes me so happy! Just when I begin to think that I can’t grow closer to Him, he leads me even deeper. Jesus can be our structure, so when life falls apart, we are still grounded. When Jesus is our structure, we have him to flourish out through.
I love the fruits of the Spirit because nothing can stand against them. The fruits of the Spirit are who God is and he is all-powerful. I have been seeing that with peace is joy, and with that we grow deeper in love and therefore, deeper in Christ.
So what is real rest?
Real rest is peace. And I believe peace is nourishing. It is a fountain. Real rest is faith. It teaches us to live without fear because we know we are protected.
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him…
He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
Psalm 91:1-2, 4-7