I have been resting a lot lately..ummm – scratch that.. I have been sitting a lot lately.
My back and leg are still bothering me and so the thought process is that if I sit and “rest” that it will get better.
I really do not feel rested.
I really want that feeling where you just let everything go…and rest.
I think maybe, just maybe, I have been approaching it all wrong.
I was studying verses tonight with my son, Austin, as he prepared to go to AWANA. Matthew 19:14 was one that he was learning for tonight. As we reviewed, the book suggested listening to the “story” that went along with it…so we did. It went a little something like this:
The crowds gathered to be able to see and speak to Jesus, bringing their children with them. “Mommy, Mommy” said one little girl. “Do you think I will get to talk with Him? I am so excited!” “Hush now, my child, we have to wait our turn”, replied the mommy. As they got closer some of Jesus’ followers (disciples) began to push them away. “Jesus, has too much to do, He does not have time for small children.”, they said. But Jesus, hearing this said, ” Let the little children come to Me. Do not stop them.” The little girl quickly ran to Jesus and climbed in His lap, laying her head back on his chest as He held her and prayed for her.
Now, the details of the story are not included on the Bible. But the Bible does tell of Jesus welcoming the children and placing His hands on them . (Matthew 19:13-14)
That little girl was so excited to spend time with Jesus. I am a child of God too, but at times I am not quite so anxious. I think that sitting will just take care of it. But what I really need to do is…REST.
So I figured out what REST was:
Running to Jesus,climbing in His lap,
and laying your head back on Him,
as He holds you and prays for you.
Yep, that’s rest and that’s biblical:
Isaiah 41:13 – “I am holding you by your right hand — I, the LORD your God. And I say to you, ‘Do not be afraid. I am here to help you.”
Romans 8:26 – “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”
So, I think I might try a little less sitting and more resting from now on. And maybe, just maybe, I will become a little more excited about being a child of God! Will you join me?