Rest Sweet Rest

Yesterday afternoon I was tired as in FATIGUED. I finished teaching my afternoon Citizenship class at 3pm and did not need to be at the college until 7pm. So instead of going to a coffee shop, I came home.

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I turned on my laptop, logged into youtube, and started a play list of some of my favorite worship songs. I sat back in my chair and listened to songs like It Is Well by Kristene Di Marco and So Will I by Hillsong and more.I just sat in my chair listening to worship songs for a few hours dozing off here and there for brief periods of 10 or 15 minutes of sleep. It was SO refreshing.

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Side note- my furniture is not this fancy πŸ™‚

As someone who lives with chronic illness, I value rest when I can get it. Physical rest has spiritual, mental, and emotional benefits.

God knows we need rest. Elijah was a great prophet, so much so that he did not die but was taken up to heaven in a chariot of fire. Yet Elijah had his moments such as when he was running for his life, got tired and feel asleep under a tree. The Angel of the Lord came to him woke up up, fed him. But look what happened after he ate: We see it in 1st Kings 19:

“All at once an angel touched him and said, β€œGet up and eat.”  He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.”

After he ate and drank, he lay down again. In other words- He went back to sleep. The Angel of the Lord came back and fed him again.

The past five years as chronic illness has come more the the forefront in my life, I have come to value rest more and more. I have learned the importance of taking care of of the physical, so it does not interfere with my ministry.

So if you are feeling frazzled, weary, or overwhelmed. try seeking out time to rest in the presence of Jesus.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

43 thoughts on “Rest Sweet Rest

  1. I don’t know how you keep everything so short! Short post…short replies… It took work to get my posts below 1000 words. My brain is jabbery. See… I can’t even keep my comment short, but great post.

      1. Yeah. ☺ My problem is that the devil is working overtime right now. It makes me over think everything. I have to trust God, right? Yep. That’s what I need to do.

  2. thanks for sharing: a great lesson learned: regardless of turmoils and frustration, or even happiness, we have to rest… even GOD rested after creating the heavens and earth…your post deeply resonates with me because sometimes when I don’t restβ€”even though I know I have toβ€”later on I feel guilty of not resting, especially when weariness accumulates and takes a toll on me later on…we need rest in between the phases of lifeβ€”and probably an appreciable amount of it.

  3. I love this. There’s a book I want to buy called Sacred Rest, and the author goes over different types if rest and how to prioritize the type of rest you need the most. She also goes over rest as a means of restoration. Something we all need ❀️.

  4. This is such a great reminder of the rest we all need, and the rest God allows us to experience. Listening to worship music is one of my favorite ways to clear my mind and remember what’s important. Hillsong’s new album is amazing!

  5. It may sound simple, but it’s not! Rest. God designed us for rest. It is a beautiful gift from Him and we need it. I love your reminder of the story of Elijah. That’s how much God was helping him get the rest he needed. I’m lifting you in prayer, that you have a weekend of rest, healing and renewal. Bless you!

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