Rest in Me

Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest.  {Matthew 11:28}

Driving in the car one afternoon and stopped at a red light and had a lot on my mind.  I heard this tiny whisper in my ear…Rest in Me. Kept on hearing it throughout the day and seriously think I heard it over 50 times in that one day. As I washed the dishes, folded laundry, chased the kids around… heard over and over… Rest in Me… over and over again. Rest in Me…Rest in Me…Rest in Me.

God was gently asking me to Rest in Him. Just rest, relax and let Him do what He does best.

As of now I have forgotten what I was so worked up about that day.  Which is a really good thing. It shows that once I gave it all to Him, the circumstance or whatever it was that was heavy on my heart, He took it from me. And then I was fully able to sit back in His lap and know that He was in control and I did not have to figure it all out.  That it was in His Hands. That I could trust Him.

REST in ME… Rest in God… 

You may be asking this question…

How do you find rest in God?  

For me I simply speak, pray or write out what is weighing on my heart, fully release it and give it all to Him.  Then it is out of my hands and into His Big Hands. I fully submit and surrender it all to Him. He has the control and can do as He pleases. I pray for His will to be done.

A great visual for rest is this: picture yourself in a body of water, maybe a swimming pool, the lake or a river. Now imagine that you are floating on your back and looking up at the clouds above you.  As you float on your back, you are relaxing your body and staying still and not making quick or sudden movements.  Your body is relaxed and as long as you stay pretty still, you stay afloat.  But, if you begin to move around a lot, your body begins to start sinking.  If you start to flail your arms about and try to kick around, you begin to sink.  The more still you are, the better you float.

God is asking us to be still. Be still and know that I am God.  {Psalm 46:10}

He lets me rest in green meadows. He leads me beside the still waters, He restores my soul.  {Psalm 23:2}

Another great visual for trusting God is this: picture yourself in a body of water, maybe a swimming pool, the lake or a river.  Now imagine standing in the water and putting your hands out to your side and count down 3, 2, 1… now fall back into the water and feel the refreshing water splash over your body as you take the first plunge.  This is a picture of trust. Falling back knowing that you will be safe. Fully trusting that the water will catch your fall.

What do these 2 visuals have in common?  They obviously both represent being in water. But there is more to it.  They both show us letting go, resting and trusting.  A sweet release occurs. We can rest and trust in God.

No wonder my heart is glad and I rejoice. My body rests in safety.  {Psalm 16:9}

Remember in school when your teacher asked you a question like what is a noun? We are taught that a noun is a person, place or thing. I remember worksheets that my teacher would pass out and we would  sit at our desks and fill out noun descriptions or circling the objects that were nouns.  We would get our minds to think and comprehend what we were learning.  We would put our hands to the paper and thoughts to the task that was in front of us.

Well, I had this dream the other morning and I woke up thinking about this and felt led to share it with you.  At the beginning of my dream, there was a lady that gave me a paper book that was filled with pictures and photos.  On the back of the book she asked me to write out the word NOUN in big letters at the top of the page. Then she asked me to make a column or list with the word person, place, or thing at the top.  She then asked me to sit down and take time to write out any noun (person, place or thing) that agitates me or gets under my skin or causes me to lose my joy.  Was there something or someone that pushes your buttons? Or as my son puts it “bubba gets on my nerds…” He has heard us say the phrase, “that gets on my nerves”… so he thought he would use the phrase too.  We just laughed and laughed.  

So, what or who is it that gets on your “nerds”? What is it that is stealing your joy? Causing sleepless nights?  Keeps repeating over and over in your mind?  Something that you really need help facing? 

Are you ready to release these things and learn to rest and trust in God?

These nouns, these things that you have written down on your list or columns, let’s release them today.

Maybe it’s your boss or co-worker that knows just what to say to rub you the wrong way and then you are in a not-so-good mood the rest of the day.  Or maybe there is a chore or task that you really hate doing.  Add them to your list.  My previous employer would ask me, Salina can you call on money today?  He meant he wanted me to  call on collections, people that owed their invoices.  I really dreaded picking up the phone and making those phone calls, but it was my job and had to be done.  Maybe it’s the stack of files that need to be sorted through and organized and placed in the filing cabinet… (talking to myself here on this one… why do I put off filing for so long and wait until it’s a huge stack?) So for me, I am adding files and filing cabinet as one of my “things” on my list.

Maybe it’s the mention of a name that just really gets to you. Write that name down.  It could be your parents. I know for my son this week I asked him to write out some things that were weighing on him and he said Mom, it’s you.  You are pushing my buttons.  So we have worked things out and talked through them and things are going much smoother now.  Maybe it’s baby daddy that is coming in and out of the picture and you really just do not know what to do.  Write him down on your list.  Maybe a friend that has hurt your feelings.  Write him or her down.

Maybe its your living situation, whether you live at home or on your own.  Maybe its those bills that pile up that are driving you crazy and you are thinking how can I possibly pay one more?  I need help! Whatever the “noun or nerd” is that is causing you to fret, write them on your list and it will be a release and you can say it’s out of my hands and into your hands God.

A sweet surrender occurs when you release your cares and worries to God.  HE IS BIG ENOUGH.  HE CAN HANDLE IT.  HE IS STRONG ENOUGH! Just tell Him.  He says “come to me, rest in me.”

Come to Me by Bethel

I am the Lord your God,
I go before you now.
I stand beside you
I’m all around you
And though you feel I’m far away
I’m closer than your breath
I am with you
More than you know

I am the Lord your peace
No evil will conquer you
Steady now your heart and mind
Come into my rest
And oh, let your faith arise
And lift up your weary head
I am with you
Wherever you go

Come to me, I’m all you need
Come to me, I’m everything
Come to me, I’m all you need
Come to me, I’m your everything

I am your anchor, in the wind and the waves
And I am your steadfast, so don’t be afraid
Though your heart and flesh may fail you
I’m your faithful strength
And I am with you
Wherever you go

Come to me, I’m all you need
Come to me, I’m your everything
Come to me, I’m all you need
Come to me, I’m your everything

Don’t look to the right or to the left, keep your eyes on me
You will not be shaken, you will not be moved

I am the hand to hold, I am the truth, I am the way
Just come to me, come to me
Cause I’m all that you need 

Simple Prayer: Lord, I give you my list of nouns and I ask you to give me peace and rest.  Show me that through you, you are all that I need.  I release these “things” to you.  I give you my anything and everything, my nothings and you turn them in to somethings!  I trust you God.  Thank you for hearing my heart. You make things so much easier to handle. I love you God!  I will rest in you!

 Written by Salina Duffy

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