Learning to Rest
I'm setting a goal for myself that I will catch those glorious sunrises once a month as well. I love morning times, but often find it hard to get out of bed before the sun is up, but the few times I have have been well worth it. Also, one of those sunrises has to be a sunrise hike, which I need to make happen sooner rather then later with the cold starting to set in. I just need someone willing to wake up at an insane hour to go with me.
I am so thankful for things such as the sunrise and the sunset that remind of the Lord's grace and mercy. The sunrise an ever present reminder of his new mercies. The sunset brings forth the night, a time to rest. A time to snuggle up in front of the fire with a thick blanket, hot tea, and my sweet roommates.
"Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stay awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep." Psalm 127:1-2
Rest is something I believe I will always be learning about. I can so easily be consumed with making plans and that I forget to sit and rest in the presence of my Savior. I go through the motions, read my Bible, mutter my thanks and requests, but don't sit to listen and be still. However, the Lord is so good and patient, just waiting for me to acknowledge his grace and the rest that I can only receive through Him.
I am a planner and a doer. But I need to not obsess with having something penciled in on my schedule everyday, but instead take time to physically and spiritually rest.
Written by Jessi Francis