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The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
(Psalm 23:1-3 ESV)
Rest. It’s something we all need. When you are on the verge of burnout and your body begins so show signs of wear, that is one way the Lord reminds us that we must rest. But, if you are like me, rest does not come easy. I like to keep myself busy, for the most part, to avoid thinking too hard about my circumstances. Even when I sit still to read or pray, I am in a constant battle to quiet my body, soul and spirit so that I can fully receive His rest.
The Lord, in His kindness, will bring us to a place of rest, one way or another. He make us lie down. For me, it was the loss of my job. I didn’t see it at first, but my body, soul and spirit needed this break in the routine of my day. For the last couple of days, I’ve literally been doing nothing but watching movies and laying down on the couch. My mind may be racing with the “what if’s”, but my body has been forced into a state of rest, and I have to admit it’s doing me so much good.
I still fight with myself every day, about the things I feel I “should be doing”. But the Lord is using this season of stillness to teach me how to be still.
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With true rest, comes restoration. And with restoration, comes healing. I am in desperate need of His touch in so many ways. I am thankful that He causes me to lie down, when I am unable or unwilling to do it on my own. I am thankful that He saves me from burnout and restores my soul.
In Your Presence, Lord, I will lie down and rest.
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