Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.
I’ve just finished the first term of my second year at university, and it was a long one at that! Okay, so it was actually only 10 weeks, but it’s been a lot busier than I could have imagined. Similarly, we all seem to underestimate just how busy Christmas can be and, before you know it, it’s back to work or school and you feel like you haven’t had a break.
The good news is that even amongst the Christmas rush, God is there with us. In 1 Kings 19:12 Elijah is sent to stand on a mountain and wait for the Lord. Whilst waiting he experiences monstrous winds, an earthquake and a fire and then, after all of that, God speaks to him in a ‘gentle whisper’ and restores the peace. Knowing this can assure us that God can bring peace to our lives this Christmas.
Over the last two weeks of term, I felt myself needing the Christmas break to get some rest but, until I sat down to write this, I didn’t realize that the rest I need isn’t just physical, it’s rest that can only be found in God and in spending time with him in peace and stillness. I believe today’s verse speaks of the same thing; that when we find rest in God and release the things that make us tired, we are able to regain hope, peace and ultimately re-energise physically, mentally and spiritually.
Take some time over Christmas to find rest in God in preparation for the New Year. Have a listen to Cecie’s Lullaby by Steffany Gretzinger and imagine God singing it to you.God bless
Pray that this Advent you might know the peace that can come in stillness
Turn off the lights. Sit in darkness for a few minutes - what does it feel like?