Finding Rest

Rest.

This is a concept, that I as a college student would say I do not get a lot of. I remember fondly the years of living at home, and having a set bed time at nine or ten… in Middle School..( a little extreme to go to bed that early…its casual.) I feel like I was very well rested earlier in life, and as I got to college, it seemed like the concept of getting rest was a joke. I mean seriously, how is someone who is taking classes full time supposed to go to class, study, eat healthy, hang out, volunteer, and sleep seven hours a night?  Some days I forget to even smile at people while trying to do all of those things. Rest is a term that a lot of people automatically associate with physical needs. Yes, we need rest to function, but what about spiritually? Do we not need rest to function in our spiritual walk?

I served as a Spiritual Life Coach on my hall at Liberty University my Sophomore year. For those of you reading this that do not go to Liberty, I basically became the “fun Aunt” to girls on my hall by giving Godly advice and mentoring girls other girls in leadership on my hall. When I started Spiritual Life Coaching, (SLC) for short, I was super excited about it.

For those of you that do not know me, I’m a hyper person.  I also like to think I’m pretty funny but sometimes I’m not sure if people are laughing at me or with me… and that is totally different story. I was so hyper and so energetic when I became an SLC that I was ready to just share the gospel and love of Jesus with every girl on my hall. I started out the school year trying to do spend as much time as possible with my hall and friends outside the hall, attempting to do my homework, and making an effort to still be available for whatever else was going on. I was constantly going. The word rest did not exist in my vocabulary.

Around the third month of school, this constant going caught up to me and I started to get really sick. I was sick for the following three months. It was like a mystery to me, but God is good because by some miracle of the Lord, I was healed. It wasn’t until I first got sick with the flu that I realized God was trying to slow me down.

So many times, we get run down physically, but we also get run down spiritually. When I reached the point of getting sick again my third month into school, I was worn down physically and spiritually. I had been going at high speed nonstop. I felt as if I had to prove myself to be this Godly superwoman to the girls on my hall, always having it all together. I was WRONG. I did not need to prove myself to anybody, especially when it was a smokescreen. I felt like I could do it on my own. I was going constantly, and because of this I had put time with God on a back burner. I thought I was fine… I mean I was doing stuff for God so I was totally fine to spend only 5 mins of my day with Him, right? Wrong again…

I learned my lesson from those few little months of craziness and sickness. I did not learn them overnight, but have continually learned to rest in God since. A lot of times we get caught up in what we feel like others will think of us, or what we need to do to earn God’s love. We start to try doing extra “good things”, thinking if we do all the right things God will love us a little more.

The truth is, God does not need us to prove anything to Him. God wants to be our source of joy, love, peace, contentment, etc. He wants to be the center of our lives and in order for that to happen, we must rest in God. Resting in God means not doing life on our own. The truth is, everyday we should wake up admitting that we can not do life on our own, but that God has our day already in His plan.

Our lives may seem chaotic. You may be in a season of wondering why you are where you are, or you wondering if God has forgotten you. God has placed each of us right where we are now to trust Him and to grow in Him. He wants us to learn how to rest in Him daily. Life can be a struggle, it can be overwhelming, but God does not want us to fight, He wants us to learn how to rest.

A verse that comes to mind when I think about letting God take control of our lives is from Psalm 44. In Psalm 44, Canaan and Israel were in a battle over the land allotted them. Verse 2 reads, “It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.” Did you get the last part of this verse? Israel won the battle because God loved Israel, and his grace was lavished on them. They were His chosen people and He wanted to show them just how much He loved them so He took the reins and showed them how it was not by their power but His that they won.

God does the same thing with us. God loves each of us no matter where we are, what we have done, what we have said, thought, or did not do.  God loves us the same. He wants to show us His power. He wants to take charge of your life so that He can give you a life greater than anything we could create on our own.

John 10:10 says, “The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows.] Abundant life does not mean that tomorrow we will wake up and have the perfect job, hair, body, money, or life, but it means that whatever happens we will have Christ and because of Him dying on the cross for us, we now have abundant life because we are not chained down to sin.

We can rest in God knowing that our sin is gone from us once we have made Him our Savior. We can rest knowing that no matter how many times we mess up, no matter how hard we try, no matter how much we do not try, that God will still love us the same and will still fight for us because He loves us. Satan will try and tell us God does not love us, and some days we may not feel His love but have to remember the truth of God’s word. God is faithful and He never fails.

Take heart my friends, that each one of us can truly rest in God every day. We can allow Him to guide us through our lives, helping us through each problem, being our comfort in the hard times, and rejoicing with us in the good. We may feel as if we are losing the battle, but if God is on our side then the battle is already won. Today, stop trying so hard to make God love you when He has loved you since the beginning of time. He will take you as you are and make you into someone even better because He is perfect and His ways are perfect.

As always, we want to be here for you at Woven Together. If you would like to contact us for prayer, encouragement, advice, or just someone to talk to, you can reach us on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. You can also email us at woventogetherministries@gmail.com . We love each of you, and are praying for you!

Thanks for reading, much love to ya!

-Haley

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