In Quietness and Rest You Will Find Refreshing in 2021
The New Year usually starts off with a bang and the busyness doesn’t seem to want to slow down. Even during this global pandemic and selective lockdown in some areas. Yet, in the stillness of the winter months this can be a good time to slow down and perhaps hibernate a bit. What do I mean by hibernate?
Bears and other critters store up in certain seasons and cuddle up and crawl in a hole or a cave to find shelter for the winter. Some do it to stay warm, others do it to have babies, and other just get tired of the world and it’s weariness. Are you tired and weary? Exhausted due to the challenges you are currently facing.
To most of us some of these are animal instincts, yet we just can’t learn how to take a break or just say no. The world will still turn with or without you! This is a good time to hibernate and shut in with yourself and with God. Maybe you doubt that God is real or even listens to you, yet He knows your every thought and action.
Perhaps you always seem to be doing and make excuses for not taking a break like Martha who always wanted to be busy caring and trying to please others which is fine. Martha got upset and was distracted at Mary and thought she was lazy. Notice Mary found her strength and renewed fuel in the Lord. Jesus even told Martha that May had chosen the better thing.
“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Luke 10:38-42 NIV
There are times we need to be still and quiet spending time in prayer like Mary a walk, or hike and to wait on the Lord. Why do we need to wait?
In our bombardment with technology and electronic communication or the stress in life due to unexpected trials; it is imperative that we wait and learn to listen with patience. We need a fervent patient hope to go about the everyday routines of life.
” Only in returning to Me (God) and resting in Me (God) will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength…” – Isaiah 30:15 a.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not weary; they shall walk and not faint (or grow tired). ” – Isaiah 40:31
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
The Lord always provides a place of rest. Our need is to find that place and get alone with God because even Jesus got tired in his humanity and had to get alone with God the Father to renew his strength when he walked this earth.
Have a restful day my friend and find your strength in the quietness of God. Take some time to hibernate with God this winter.
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