Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him …PS 37:7
I’ve been doing a lot of stuff. I’ve been busy. Making plans..you know doing stuff. And I rest or a least I thought I was resting when I would take a nap on a Saturday off or when I would watch hours of mindless Netflix or even when I meditated. But today I learned there is a difference when you rest in the Lord.
Yesterday I attended an amazing event and listen to this beautiful woman talk about dreaming. She pointed out that in order to dream we must first go to sleep…or “chillax ” (a slang word that combines the two words: relax and chill) in her words. At first I was confused…not about the sleep/dream correlation but about sleeping or “chillaxing”. Was this speaker tell me to go to sleep?! Sleep is something the motivational world has shunned. I hear things like “I’ll sleep when I’m dead ” or “Sleep is for those who are broke” and countless other quotes that almost guilted me into staying up all night (never really happened because I can’t hang past midnight) . But this beautiful soul pointed out that it’s not necessarily sleep I needed but rest. Resting in God is the key. And then it clicked! I’ve been busy doing stuff, setting goals, making plans…but had I given them to God. More important had I taken the time to let Him give me direction? No, no I hadn’t.
So on this beautiful Sunday I decided to rest in the Lord. I opened my Bible and read…read the most precious and loving words and felt encouraged. I spoke with God and allowed His love to fill me. I lifted all my goals, dreams, and desires up to Him. Then I just sat there in His presence in that moment…..resting. It. Was. Wonderful.
There is no shame in naps, Netflix binges, or any other mindless distractions. But I am beginning to see there is a special rest we can receive by setting aside time for God. You don’t have to follow the things I did today. That’s not what this post is about. But I do believe we need to fellowship with God and release our goals, problems, and plans to Him. And allow Him to release things to us. It’s a beautiful relationship He longs to have with us.
So on today I “chillax” in God…. Hope you will do the same.