Five Minute Free Writes – Every week I join a special group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. Each week the prompt is revealed Thursday evening. You can find more information here.
This week our prompt is rest.
Start the timer….let’s GO!
As I rocked my sweet China girl tonight for bed, I wondered about her heart. It is so different now that she’s home. Sixteen months ago she hated being rocked, or held, or even touched by me. Now, she goes straight into my arms at night to lay her head on my chest. In complete trust, she rests her body and lets the swaying lead her into a peaceful sleep.
It is a miracle, for this girl who has barely known love for the first two years of her life, to open her heart to me. It was rough. It has been hard, and I had to fight for her love. I had to choose to love. But I learned to love her without fear. So now, she can rest her body against mine and snuggle close.
The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing. – Zephaniah 3:17
My schedule gets so overwhelming, I want to curl up in my bed and stop thinking. I feel disorganized with my thoughts. Sometimes I grasp for God’s hand. I pray for Him to rush in and rescue me. I ask Him to bring me rest, but instead, He brings me Himself. God is good. He is faithful. He is just and righteous. His lovingkindess extends our external circumstances. It allows us to stop and trust Him.
In God’s presence, I find rest. And God’s presence is found in prayer and the Bible. As I look for places to rest for both my heart and mind, I must stop striving. Only, be still. Seek Him in His Word and find the ability to rest. When we know God, we know rest.
Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth! – Psalm 46:10
I love that rest comes daily. I love that everyday, God will meet me here. No matter what is going on. No matter what surprises today has for me, God will meet me here. Rest is possible in the daily, as I trust in the character of my God.