Do you ever feel at times like just running and curling up in Jesus’ lap and never leaving? I know I have. These past few weeks, specifically, have me feeling plain exhausted – emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. And being at such a state of weariness can take a toll on your outlook on life; I find myself thinking ‘I wish this sin filled, imperfect life was over already.’ Sometimes the stress and worries of living day to day or even hour to hour can grow increasingly strong and cause our souls to fill distraught.
To be honest, I would very much like to hide under the shadow of His wings and stay there – never leaving, hiding from the world and all its troubles. Of course, hiding is not the correct response, for it still leaves the problems out and open – unsolved. Yet…I find myself there often. Wanting to duck under the covers, desiring to stay there until the Lord returns.
Thankfully, our Savior remains full of grace for such flawed beings as us and His Word is compacted full of verses which demonstrate his longing for us to come to Him and be filled, renewed, revived – and then go out and conquer what issues or struggles we might come across. For as the Scriptures say, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
And Jesus tells us, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28), “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you” (John 14:27), and “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me” (John 14:1).
I hope through the rest of this week, you (and myself) will take the time to rest in God’s mercy, grace, and love which He so desires to unleash on us if we would just “Be still, and know” that He is God (Psalm 46:10).
~ Southern Dreamer