That’s what makes it hard.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is nothing.“For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: ‘In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.’ But you would not…” (Isa 30:15).
That was my first hard lesson in Christ living. I’m still learning, decades later.
Why is it so hard?
A sense of self-importance, perhaps? (“I’ve gotta, I’ve gotta, I’ve gotta…” or it won’t get done, or the world will stop revolving, or we’ll starve on some dirty curb… ?)
Or, a compulsion to look good to all those other driven people? (What will all the Yankee-work-ethic folk think of me, just sitting here, gazing out the window, cancelling out on busy plans, just to rest quiet in light-and-shadow flickers from the fireplace?)
Or, my desires that churn within me: to rise, to achieve, to possess, to keep so busy I cannot see what I don’t want to see? (“I’m gonna, I’m gonna, I’m gonna…”?)
Really, doesn’t all that come down to this: Not wanting to just let Him be God?
And isn’t that why His first command for me to obey was “Stop!”…
Is that not why His first commemoration for man to note was a day of ceasing from labor, a day of rest (Gen 2:3)?Cease, be still… and know. Know that I am God (Ps 46:10-11) “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Do not fret…”
Come to rest.
Come to quietness.
Come to peace.
“Make every effort to enter His rest.”
And joining with Shelly and the others in the Surrendering to Sabbath Sisterhood. (Would you like to join us? Click on the link and find out more.)