I wasn’t sure what to expect in this season. I received an open invitation to a season of rest and was, quite honestly, afraid of it.
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me and I will give you rest—all of you who work so hard beneath a heavy yoke. Wear my yoke—for it fits perfectly—and let me teach you; for I am gentle and humble, and you shall find rest for your souls; for I give you only light burdens.”
Why would a person be afraid of resting? Could it be that there was something to learn in this season too? Most people crave a break from the normal routine, but an odd feeling of unrest was rising up within me. It was a battle to open my mind to the idea of resting. But God has proved a worthy point in this season too! The very thing I was afraid of was the very thing I needed to realize.
Rest is a gift from heaven. The Holy Spirit whispered…”what if I could show you an easier way…” My mind immediately spiraled into a “oh no, (regretful sigh) I’ve been doing this wrong!”. Ever found yourself in a proving season that you are pointing inward instead of outward? I have and that’s NOT a fun place to dwell.
Let’s talk in analogies here. Imagine you are making a pizza with all the wonderful toppings on it and then baking it to perfection with the cheese all melting perfectly golden. You slice it up to individual slices and then serve it. You watch the taster just sigh with delight, and know you have hit their cheese nerve of delicious-ness! It’s so wonderful, you know how to replicate this delicious delight plus how to serve a wonderful pizza product.
Rest in God is like that perfect sigh of delight that you want to replicate in your life.
But how do you get to this kind of rest? Think of the pizza and it’s many slices. The gifts inside of you are like those pizza toppings. The crust and the sauce are like a foundation of faith in God. The Holy Spirit adds the cheese, to help with those divinely placed gifts to grow and give the delight to you and back to God when you are doing what He has designed you to do.
God has placed His design upon your life a long time ago. Maybe you are in tune with those gifts or not. Fact remains there is divine “something” inside of you and you long for that to show in your life. I’ve had those same longings to know and show God’s working in my life too.
Is what I write here the cheese? Is this what God has called me to do? Or is there more? Yes, and yes. I believe there is MORE of God to discover and how it’s proven in my life is something only HE can do. So when I was faced with the thought that I might of missed or messed this design up, well, then I recognized I needed to rest my heart on His.
I needed another dose of holy confidence and assurance that this season was the place of rest for my pride and to go gently unto Him again with all my stuff and lay it down. Rest assured that entering His rest is nothing to be afraid of nor reject. It’s His perfect design inside of you, a longing to align with His heart FOR you. You can’t mess up His work because He is more than that.
God’s work is bigger than your human efforts. He works in the supernatural realm, which means outside of your human effort, or outside of your way of thinking, or outside of your realm of human influence. God is at work in your life in all and every one of your life seasons. No matter what you need, even when you don’t know what you need, you can have rest and He wastes NOTHING!
When looking for the work of God it’s often left at the bridge of faith and put in the doorway of our minds. We have a choice to believe it and receive it, thus believing that God has gifted you with His divine “sweet spots” of grace over your life too! Faith is a gift in itself and has to be received supernaturally to believe God for who He says He is.
Now, I don’t know where you are in all of “resting” idea. Having faith is a good thing, believing God for who He says he is a great thing! The Supernatural way is the “more” things of God. To have confidence in your faith will get you there, and will keep you where God wants to work in you and through you. So don’t question His invitation when the seasons change for you, or look different than you expected. Even in seasons of rest He is operating from His heart FOR you.
Rest in His confidence is a sweet place.
Resting on Him is a great pleace of trust, is good FOR us, and often missed as needed healing in our lives. Rest is a choice that even God made on the seventh day of creation. When I think about how intentional He was in setting aside an entire day to rest on what He had done in the previous six days of creativity, I realize that rest is needed to remain in a creative place plus the fact that rest is a HUGE part of His design for our lives.
Resting, assurance and confidence are sweet places to dwell on and in. I think, no…I believe, I don’t have to be afraid of resting when it aligns with His creative design in me and around me. Thank you God that you give us rest. Yes I will come to You to receive the lighter burdens you have assigned for me.