Growing in Faith
We have a Father in Heaven who wants us to crawl in His lap, who is waiting for us to come running to Him. To climb in His lap and put our arms around His neck, snuggle in as He draws us closer and hugs us a little tighter as we tell Him our struggles, our hurts and our good things too. He wants us to surrender to Him, everything, all of it!
He is waiting for you and I. He is ready for you and I. He listens to you and I. Sometimes I have to remind myself of that, those times that I am really down on myself. I have to tell myself that again and again. It’s okay, we all have those days. Acknowledge them and then move on, because they happen. Jesus is still here and ready for us in the good times and bad, every time, no matter what we have done. He is waiting for each one of us!”
"Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you." (Psalm 116:7, NLT)
Sometimes at bedtime my son or daughter will ask me, "Mommy, will you read to me?” I say, "of course" happily, and they curl up next to me on the couch. As I read to them they practically melt into me. It's one of those awesome moments as a parent, when we feel perhaps just an inkling of the perfect love our Father has for us and His deep desire for us to “cuddle into” His presence and love.
I realized in that moment that we are a lot like that. Much of the time, I am focused on being independent. It’s so easy to lose touch with God’s love for us, a tender and protective love that Psalm 116 describes as “kind and merciful" (v. 5). It’s a love where, like my children, I can curl up in God’s lap, at home in His delight for me.
Psalm 116:7 suggests that we might need to regularly remind ourselves of God’s good love, and then crawl up into His waiting arms: “Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me.” (NLT) And indeed, He has.
When was the last time you rested quietly in God’s love? What barriers, if any, might keep you from experiencing the Father’s delight for you?
Two things happen when I am not spending time and resting at the feet of Jesus. First, I am not able to be “Christ-like” because I am not communicating with Him, I am not listening to Him very clearly, and I am not strengthening my walk since I am not spending time with Him. Second, I become more easily distracted with the things of life, I find myself becoming less and less patient or kind or loving.
I want to be patient. I want to have love. I want to hear from Him. I want to find the rest that can only come through Christ. The only way that you and I can be all of these things and more is to spend time with Him daily. Spending time with Him daily allows me to hear from Him and I am able to find my rest in Him.
Part of finding rest in Christ is putting the busyness of life aside and sitting at His feet without distractions.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT) says, "Each time he said, my grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness."
Our strength and rest can only be found in Him and Him alone. We have to learn to sit quietly at His feet and allow Him to fill our heart and life with His peace, love, joy, and patience. All of these characters can only come from Him and they can only come from spending time with Him.
Then Jesus said, 'Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.'” (Matthew 11:28-30 NLT)
This is probably one of the most comforting Scriptures in the Bible. Come to me. There is hope. There is rest waiting for you with me. Oh, how our weary souls need peace and true rest. The weight of the world often seems to be resting on our shoulders. The burdens of financial pressures, parenting troubles, troubled marriages, and health concerns can be overwhelming. The exhaustion of wanting to have and do it all while maintaining the perfect work-life balance is ever-present in most of our lives. Just the idea of sitting at the feet of Jesus, not focused on my own worries, fills me with such peace. That type of peace and rest is, in fact, available to us as believers every single day.
Take time every day and be like that child and curl up into your Father's lap and let Him comfort and love you. You won't regret it!