On my Journey to Rest, my absolute biggest struggle has been simply letting go.
Letting go long enough to REST.
The day I read this quote by Corrie ten Boom, the Holy Spirit reminded me of something.
The more tightly I hold on to the things that consume my time & energy, the less I accomplish and the more I fight God!
It’s never my intention to fight God, any more than it’s my intention not to rest, yet I do it!
This past weekend was a prime example of the beauty in rest.
I had a lot of accounting to do for our off-road business, so took the time to do that, then purposely stopped and treated myself to a mani/pedi. Upon my return, my husband surprised me with a beautiful bouquet of my favorite sunflowers as well as a gorgeous card that even made me cry.
The time away, resting and enjoying alone time, provided my husband with the opportunity to bless me, as well as provided me with the opportunity to clear my head. When I returned to working, my mind was renewed and I was able to focus and accomplish everything I needed to accomplish.
Too often I find myself holding on tightly to the things that need to be done, rather than forcing myself to let go; resting, praying & allowing God to renew my heart and mind. I forge ahead on an empty tank, and wonder why things are more frustrating than they need to be, why I’m grumpy and snapping at my family and coworkers, or why I keep making mistakes and can’t seem to make any progress.
Corrie’s words serve as a beautiful reminder that everything, in our lives, is temporary, so hold on to them loosely, regardless if they are things or tasks.
Ecclesiastes 1:2 says it best:
Life is fleeting, like a passing mist. It is like trying to catch hold of a breath; All vanishes like a vapor; everything is a great vanity.
The only lasting thing we can cling to, is the steady hand of our Savior as we yield to His call to REST.
How about you? Do you struggle to rest? What do Corrie ten Boom’s words speak to your heart? I would love to hear from you, as we Journey to Rest together.
This post is part of a series entitled, “Journey to Rest”.
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