REST

 

For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: Isaiah 30:15 (KJV)

 

In a little booklet I have called “Unhurried Living,” John Ortberg says, “Hurry is a disordered heart.” He refers to the habit of constantly rushing; of guilt when we’re not doing anything; of pressure to perform; of anxiety that others will get ahead of us; and of FOMO, fear of missing out. In our high-stress lifestyleS today, we’ve probably all succumbed to one of these behaviors. We seem to have something pushing at all times telling us that we need to be busy.

And then the Lord comes to us in our rushing about and tells us to be still and know him (Psalm 46:10). Stop everything. In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not. I wonder if the question is “would not” or “could not”? Have we become so habituated to rushing around that we don’t know how to stop? But God says that in resting, we’ll be strong; in being still, we’ll come to know him.

Two of our Ugandan friends, retired archbishop Henry and his wife Phoebe, have practiced Quiet Monday for the eighteen years that I’ve known them. Phoebe loads a basket with fruit and drinks, and then she and Henry go to a mountain retreat to pray and rest and be still for the day. Henry was bishop of a northwestern diocese in Uganda during the height of the Lord’s Resistance Army in their region—and yet, the LRA never ventured into his diocese to bring death and destruction. Was that coincidental or was it due to two people who every week dedicated one full day to resting and waiting and calling on God?

We may not have physical enemies, but we all have adverse circumstances and spiritual enemies waiting for the tiniest opening. What can we do? Borrowing again from “Unhurried Living,” we can refresh our spirits with God’s promises about rest; we can create a place in our homes or designate one nearby for reflection; we can commit to regular times (or days) of quietness; we can build in a time of renewal each month; or we could even take a sabbatical.

Take the challenge to rest. It may be difficult initially—our systems have been programmed for performance, but God calls us to rest. Our strength is in quietness and confidence.

Father, help us, convict us to slow down and listen. Quiet our spirits so that we rest in you. Renew us for your service and your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Author: mcurry09

Marthe Curry is director of the World Missions Department of her diocese in Texas. In that capacity, she frequently travels internationally to empower individuals and communities in discipleship and development. She loves to teach, write, and garden. Marthe has a Ph.D. from the University of the Incarnate Word. She has two children, grandchildren, two dogs, and lives in San Antonio. She looks forward to your comments and questions.

2 thoughts on “REST”

  1. Marthe, What a Holy Spirit in-spired message! Not only did the Holy Spirit use your message to speak to my heart, it was perfectly timed for me and the way I am living out my life.

    I often wonder why His yoke is a challenge for me and how the weight of my burdens are overwhelming. I have been following Him a very long time and I am puzzled why I feel so over burdened and harried. My mind would function so much better if I would walk out my life in a spirit of rest.

    Saturday I was all over the place doing things and not accomplishing much of what I was doing successfully.

    As I sat down to meditate and journal my thoughts, it came tome that I feel He has forgotten me.

    I also meditated on my aloneness in life and my lack of supportive friends that want to be with me, and why is it that I don’t have friends here in San Antonio that reach out to me and want to spend time with me. Is it because I often fall into the victim mode and others are worn out by my self focused, poor me Spirit?

    I know that my hearing loss makes communicating with me more difficult. I also know that in the past my friends have largely been those with whom I fellowship with in my church.

    I am once again working with Halleta with the children, which brings me joy. I struggle at Christ Church to be able to hear and understand what is going on, and my efforts to advocate for a looping system , through which my hearing aids would be able and connect to the PA system have “ fallen on deaf ears.” ( pun intended)

    Please keep me in your prayers so that I can discern if and how I should continue that process of being an advocate for myself and others who are hearing impaired.

    Thank you for being an inspiration in my life.

    Resting, Meditating, and Listening to Him, Kathie Sent from my iPhone

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    1. Absolutely.  Being quiet, being led, and being still are essentials in this walk.  The real issue is our DOING what God has taught us to do and focusing on him rather than ourselves.  Seek him first, and everything really does fall into place.  There’s nothing that defeats us any faster than looking in the mirror… Blessings… Marthe D. Curry, Ph.D.Director, Department of World MissionEpiscopal Diocese of West Texas 888/210-824-5387, X4045 888/210-822-8779 FAX mcurry09@sbcglobal.net

       

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