Recently, I felt God asking me to rest – and not just from the work that was tiring me, but also the good work that I was loving – the work that God and I were doing together——From the moment I let go, something lifted – a particular grace for a particular gift I’d become deeply accustomed to enjoying in my week to week——At first it was terrifying. I felt useless and like I had nothing to offer those around me. But then a feeling of freedom came – the feeling that I’m more than what I can offer. I realised during that rest time how much our good gifts can sometimes inhibit us from true communion with Father – how much they can inhibit real friendship with one another——So, may your good gifts be nothing more than that to you today. May you be brave enough to place them down, or to allow them to be taken away for a season, so that you may find a moment of deep-rest – the kind where God lives. The kind that prepares you for what’s coming next. The kind that helps you see that your true value in God is not in what you offer, but in your being His. – Strahan Coleman
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Jesus
As we enter the weekend (and hopefully sabbath) – how will you rest, rejoice, reset, and worship this weekend?
Father, let me learn to rest from my gifts, to find deep-rest, face-to-face-rest, even when I may not want it, even when I may not need it, so that we may keep our secret hiding place together.