My husband and I were traveling to Florida when it was my turn to drive. I had adjusted the seat, the mirrors, and my seatbelt. I looked over and my husband was cleaning his glasses. I realized my own lens were smudged and dirty. As we drove down the highway I handed him my glasses and asked him to wipe them off. It was getting dark and the only thing I could see were the red taillights of the car in front of me.
“I think I can still see” I joked. “I’ll just keep my eyes on the blurry red lights…”
He quickly handed them back to me, much cleaner. Suddenly, the blurry lines snapped into focus. I could see again.
Daily resting takes practice. Dedication. Choices. And sometimes it takes changing our focus.
Rest and anxiety don’t mix. We cannot have rest if our hearts are worrying. Worry is a daily struggle for me. I worry about the silly and the serious. I worry whether I’ll get to drink my coffee before it gets cold. I worry about what to have for dinner. Then I worry about the future of my children.
Will they learn all they need to learn being homeschooled?
Will they find love?
Will they remember me for only the times I mess up?
Christ spoke on worry. Anxiety and the future. His answer….. To combat worry, readjust your focus and live in today.
Matthew 6:32-33, “Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Our God sees what you need….today. Adjust your focus toward today. Seek first God, and His kingdom. Develop habits of rest for your heart. Set your eyes on the eternal and our Father. Whether you can sit down with your devotional or not, set aside even just 5 minutes at the kitchen sink rinsing dishes in the morning to pray and ask Him to make known His presence. To have the daily rest, we must seek Him daily. Your life does not have to be quiet for you to have quiet time.
Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Our Father holds tomorrow, so we don’t have to worry. He doesn’t’ ask us to even think about tomorrow. He only asks us to live in today. Today. The present. He holds our future. He holds our todays as well. Each day we can start again. Refresh. Anew. His mercies follow us. You can trust Him.
What can you change TODAY to start living a rest-filled life?
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