Featured Friend: Patty of Hearts Homeward

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Come Away, Eat and Rest
by Patty of Hearts Homeward

Life has its rhythms and growth has its seasons.

Jesus knows our needs and He knows when to send us out, when to call us back and when to give us rest.  I have been going through a study with a friend of mine called, “A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23.”  The study came to us in such a serendipitous way that we just knew it was from the Lord.  We found an unrelated, but great companion study called, “The 23rd Psalm, the Lord Our Shepherd.”  These two studies have been leading me to look with new eyes at a very familiar section of Scripture.  As Christians, we can get so inoculated and familiar with a passage that we sometimes miss what God has for us in His Word.  I can recite the 23rd Psalm, but I am not sure I ever let it have its way with me as I am doing now.

One thing that struck me as we read through the first few verses was this:

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He makes me lie down.  He makes me.  He has to make me because on my own, I am like a sheep: restless, nibbling away from my Shepherd, unable to settle.  But, He is a Good Shepherd and He knows that He will have to make me lie down in green pastures.  He knows all of our needs and He will give us what we need despite ourselves.  Sometimes, from this sheep’s perspective, that provision is uncomfortable or even feels as though My Shepherd is being distant or detached at times.  In retrospect, I always see that His hand was caring and His heart full of concern for my highest well-being.

In the book of Mark, chapter 6 (6-13, 30-31) we get a glimpse of a vivid example wherein Jesus sends his disciples out and then calls them to rest.

Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village.  Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”  They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.

…The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” 

Jesus first sends his friends out to serve.  He sends them out and admonishes them not to rely on their own provision or strength as they minister.  How often do we enter ministry carrying “our own provision” with us?  God asks us to rely on Him alone when He sends us out into ministry.  They return, probably excited and euphoric from all they have seen and all that has been done through them.  Instead of riding this wave of power and effectiveness, Jesus does the unexpected.  He calls them away.  He says to them that they need to come with Him to a quiet place and rest.

Come Away Eat and Rest

Jesus knows when we should go out and when we should come away, by ourselves, with Him, to a quiet place and rest.  Both of these aspects of living are healthy parts of our walk with Him.  We must go out into ministry in the right time, when He sends us, and we do that in dependence upon Him.  But, in this culture of doing, filling our calendars to the brim and going full speed, we also need to heed the equally spiritual call from Jesus: “come away with Me and rest.”

Which call are you hearing from the Lord today?  Are you hearing a call to depend upon Him and step out into ministry? Or are you hearing a call to come away alone with Him and rest?

profile picturePatty Scott is a midwest girl who met and married her surfer husband in Los Angeles.  She and her husband raise and home educate their two boys, who are the joy of her life, in Central California.  Patty is devoted to Jesus and  is inspired by Charlotte Mason, her mentor, Kathy, Dallas Willard, A.W. Tozer, Henri Nowuen, C.S. Lewis and Francois Fenelon.  Patty writes to inspire and bless others by sharing the real, the beautiful and the reaching of her own heart.  When she isn’t writing or raising her boys you can find Patty in the garden, painting, serving the homeless or having coffee with a good friend.  Visit her at Hearts Homeward, or on Facebook or Google+.

7 thoughts on “Featured Friend: Patty of Hearts Homeward”

  1. Grace says:

    Thank you! This is an important lesson for me.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you for stopping by Grace!

    1. Patty says:

      Thanks, Denise! I am so glad what I wrote was refreshing to you. God bless you.
      Patty recently posted..Come Away, Eat and Rest

  2. Missy says:

    Patty, I am so glad to have stopped by and read these words, today. These, in particular, spoke loudly into my own heart: ” I can recite the 23rd Psalm, but I am not sure I ever let it have its way with me as I am doing now.”

    That God speaks intimately to us through His Word is such a sweet gift. If we’ll but open it. I loved this!
    Missy recently posted..Bravery Can Mean Going Belly Up

    1. Patty says:

      Thank you, MIssy. I hear you about the “letting Him.” His heart is to reach us and bless us. I hope you have moments of both rest and receiving from Him this week.
      Patty recently posted..Come Away, Eat and Rest

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