He Will Give You Rest
Have you ever looked at a picture of a family on vacation who had posted on a social website and thought to yourself, “I wish I had that kind of rest in my life?” Do thoughts run through your head of desiring what they have? We all have had these thoughts at some time or another but have you ever really stopped to think, “What could be on the other side of that picture?” Although the picture may look good to us in that moment, what if their vacation was not at all that great. You see what I am trying to explain to you is that we all live in a world where we only see one side. It may look good to us at the time and yes, we long to live a life like that too. We see other people living what we think is “the good life.” The image in the picture may be pleasing to us but what if we could take a behind the scenes look. What if we could see the picture in its entirety? If we knew of their hardships, would we then want their vacation? Understand that we all want to live a life of rest, stress-free from the turmoil we face each day. Truth be told, we all live in a demanding world where we are always busy and on the run. We all face some type of obstacle that disrupts the flow in our own lives. This is how reality works in this world. Our rest gets disturbed.
So how can we change our thought process, this view we have in how others are living their lives and to find our own rest? We put our focus on the Lord first. Slowing down, praising and thanking the Lord and acknowledging all of the blessings that He has provided for us in our own lives. This is how we can keep our cup overflowing.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Psalm 23 clearly shows us how the Lord can give us our rest. Simply put, “live your life through Him.” Set your minds and your hearts on Him. The Lord will sustain you.
“Come to me, all that are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28)
©Written by Lorraine Goodwin 8/8/2018
(Inspired through the Holy Spirit)