I’m Trying to Get You to Relax – an Invitation to Rest

It’s H-O-T here in Texas so I’m sipping chugging ice water and sitting right by a big ole’ fan, trying to enjoy the outdoors despite the triple digit temps because I really feel relaxed and peaceful in nature. When I go inside I see chores and work and an endless list of things to do. So, part of my Sunday routine is to spend as much time outdoors as possible because rest matters and the work that’s waiting for me inside isn’t going anywhere.

God has been stretching me in this “resting thing” over the last several years – connecting my heart to His and really guiding me as He shows me what it means to relax, to rest, to trust Him fully in every area of my life. This rest stuff doesn’t come naturally to me, but the more I lean into it, the more I understand how holy it truly is.

Is Sunday a day of rest for you? If not, have you set aside another day during your week to create space for rest?

Are you aware of the things, people, circumstances or situations that cause you to worry, keep your mind busy and distract you from rest? God’s heart for each of us is to desire and STEP INTO rest. If you’re having trouble with that, I wonder if maybe you’ve believed some of the lies that I did:

 Rest is for the lazy.
– Rest is for the weak.
– Rest is for people who don’t have important work to get done.
– Rest is for people who don’t care about others and their needs.
– Rest is a “mindless”, wasteful activity.
– Rest is a luxury I can’t afford.
– Rest is for another season in my life, a future time, far, far away.

None of this is true, of course, which is why I’m writing this and praying that as you read it, your heart is opening to receive the truth about rest. I want to invite you to create space in your weekly routine for rest and reflect on Luke 12:29-31 which says, “What I’m trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied . . . People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”

When I read the word steep, I think about hot tea. (I know, it’s hot outside so I probably won’t be drinking any soon, but hang with me a minute here.) To make a good, flavorful, steaming cup of hot tea, you have to heat the water and then let the teabag “steep” for several minutes.  restThe hot water needs time to “soak up” all the flavorful goodness of the fragrant tea leaves. If we try to rush it, we end up with weak, flavorless tea – a drink that’s not nearly as enjoyable to consume. I feel like that’s such a good picture of life. We need time to relax, to steep, to soak up all the goodness of what God wants to show us, tell us, give us.

Sure, we can rush around, fussing over things, full of worry, and trying to figure everything in life out on our own.  We can think up an endless list of to-do’s and run ourselves ragged trying to create a picture-perfect life and live up to the expectations of others. We can be stressed, tired, and overly busy – sometimes doing things that we haven’t really been called to just because we’re capable.  Is that really a life full of sweet flavor? Is that the kind of life we can savor and enjoy?

Sister, I want to encourage you that there is so much more. Rest waits for you. God wants you to soak Him up and taste all the flavor of the good life He planned for you.

It’s a life full of wildly miraculous provision.
It’s a life free of worry (I didn’t say free of problems because circumstances don’t dictate our inner rest).
It’s a life totally worth the time we invest to “steep”.

Will you receive this and relax today?

With love from Texas (a place where we drink more iced tea than hot tea),
Dafne

 

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