I’m not one of those people who can write on demand. You know, give me a subject and I just write something brilliant willy-nilly. I’ve come to realize I don’t do anything well that way. I operate better when my ideas, be it decorating, or writing or any other creative endeavor come straight from the heart. I’ve come to learn I need to write when I’m emotionally moved instead of trying to conjure up the feeling later when I have time. Such is what happened to me this morning….and so I write this post.
I got up early, fixed my coffee and opened the emails on my phone to read the morning devotionals. I saw my girlfriend’s blog post and read it first.
Bam! It hit me right between the eyes. In essence, this is what the post said to me…
Stress and unrest don’t come from our outward circumstances, they come from inside the heart.
It hit me because I woke up unrested. It wasn’t that I didn’t sleep. I did. My body got rest, but my heart didn’t. I woke up feeling a little troubled.
Hebrews 4:11 says, “Let us therefore, make every effort to enter that rest…”
I don’t have small children like my friend (she has six to be exact), or the laundry and the dishes she has, but I have my own stuff to deal with.
The writer of Hebrews reminds us, we must make an effort to enter into God’s rest.
Make every effort, means an action on my part.
A choice to make.
I must do something….
So I did.
I opened my Bible, to the passage in Hebrews and thanked God for getting me to this place.
Then I prayed.
I told God in detail, everything that was troubling me.
I know, I know, He already knew what was on my heart, but I also know He wanted to hear it from me.
I laid it all out for Him and then in my mind’s eye, I laid it up….at the foot of the cross. And walked away.
When we have a concern, we’re to do what we can humanly do and then give it away to God, making a choice to rest, and resting assured He will do what we can’t, the humanly impossible.
And that my friends, is what I believe to be, making every effort.
I’m only telling you this because maybe sometimes, like me, your body gets eight hours rest but your heart doesn’t. Circumstances will always be there is some shape or form, but even if they are, we can choose to make every effort.
Today I’ve done all that I can. I choose to let my Savior do all that I can’t.
I choose rest…
Matthew 11:28 ,”Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”
Thank you Katy, for the inspiration.