“God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.” – St. Augustine
As hard as I might try to keep knocking things off the list, my list of things to do before I leave continues to grow. Paper work, doctors appointments, trips, things to buy and pack, spending time with family and friends and continuing to fundraise. The amount of things to do gets a bit overwhelming at times.
Yet, as I sit here, on the porch of my parents house in the country, I watch the turkeys, deer, chipmunks, birds, rabbits and the glorious sunrise. I pause for a moment in the stillness and beauty of the morning. I remember that God makes the earth turn and move causing our days. I remember that He already knows what is written in each day that I have here on this earth before they happen. I am brought into rest as I remember who He is – my loving and caring Father.
As I have thought about it, this rest isn’t the absence of storms, but God’s entering into the chaos and bringing peace. Paul talks about how we are promised to have trials in this life. It’s not an “if” but a “when.” Yet, we can still experience God’s peace as we allow Him to enter into where we are and place our trust fully into Him alone.
As we move our gaze from the chaos to our Abba Father and meditate on Him and His promises – He becomes bigger and our chaos shrinks away in the presence of His perfect peace.
“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.” Psalm 62:5-8
I’m reminded of something my pastor, Scott Sauls, says often: “For every believer, the worst-case future scenario is resurrection and everlasting life in Jesus.” Praise Jesus.
Right now, as I am not just overwhelmed with the checklist, the goodbyes, and the craziness of moving overseas… I am also overwhelmed with the excitement, joy, and beauty of being sent out to further our Lord’s Kingdom! Yet, in both scenarios I can choose to invite Jesus in and be blown away at His grandness and the peace He brings into every situation.
Where are places in your life that you aren’t fully resting in Jesus? Where is Jesus wooing you into His perfect peace? May we truly stand firm on our Rock and Salvation and put our trust continually in our gracious King.
Resting in Him with you,