I’m really excited about the words God has given me for the retreat on Rest this weekend. It’s going to be a small, intimate gathering of women, and they were so gracious to let me go to Livi and Ava’s soccer game tomorrow (Friday) night before heading up 40ish minutes north for pizza, a little introductory chat, some restful sleep, and then two talks on Saturday.
Today was a good day. I got to spend some quality time with 2 friends face-to-face and hug another one, love on 2 toddlers and 2 4-going-on-14-year-olds and cuddle with a darling 2-toothed little 7-month-old boy.
And I got a phone call from my sister Bethany with the news that I GET A NEW NEPHEW IN FEBRUARY! I am so excited I don’t know how I’m going to wait another 20 weeks.
Mailed some more Scrabble letters and got some more ready. Put some in my pocket and forgot to sneak them on a friend’s fridge (next time!).
Took a Nature Walk with the girls and helped Livi find the rest of the leaves for her Leaf Collection (due Friday morning). Lots of leaf-taping and identifying and fact-writing. Her daddy is a gem. And I’ve got to hand it to the kid. This is her 5th year of school, and she only needs help with stuff about once a year if that.
Sending you off with a quote from Mark Buchanan’s The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath. I’ve talked about it before and can’t recommend it highly enough.
If God works all things together for good for those who love him and are called to his purposes, you can relax. If he doesn’t, start worrying. If God can take any mess, any mishap, any wastage, any wreckage, any anything, and choreograph beauty and meaning from it, then you can take a day off. If he can’t, get busy. Either God’s always at work, watching the city, building the house, or you need to try harder. Either God is in control, or it all depends on you. (p. 63)
He’s alluding to Psalm 127:1 when he talks about watching the city and building the house. The next verse says this: It is useless to rise early and go to bed late and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves? (Message)
Rest is about trusting God to take care of my needs. Believing that I can stop and God can do things without my help. If I can’t rest, it’s not because “that’s just my personality.” It’s because I’m not trusting God.
So tell me: How are you going to rest in God this weekend?