So every year I try to have a word that is my focus and after waiting on God for this years word, I pondered what the year looked like (so far): two jobs, both needing my full attention, studying, continuing in various roles within church groups and, obviously, I still have a husband and family.
And the word that God gave me? REST.
Yeah, right. I thought it would be something like focus or intention or efficiency. But no. Rest.
rest 1 |rest| verb [ no obj. ] 1 cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength.
So I’m trying to rest. I really am. And I’m discovering the true rest that only Jesus can provide – “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Finding rest in this life, this world, is tricky and often unsatisfactory. But I know the One who made it all and if He says that coming to Him and resting is the only way I am going to manage this year, then that is what I will do. I will relax in His presence, refresh myself by remembering Him and all He is and I will recover strength by drawing on His spirit.
And I’ve changed the photo on this blog to serve as a reminder to rest, for there is nowhere I feel more rested that amongst His creation and in particular, when I’m near the ocean.
I’m grateful for this word. Not surprisingly, it turns out it actually is the perfect word for this year 🙂