An Example of Rest

Most of our family came over on Memorial Day for a picnic, and as I saw all those little Grands in the yard, laughing, swinging, playing Kan-Jam, collecting flowers and maple seeds, and generally running in the yard…I felt peace.

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My sons and daughters took over the kitchen and it was a nice relief for me. That morning I had made a large bowl of fruit…and was done!

Later my daughter and I laid out an old quilt in the grass, (under the dangerous tree), and every now and then one of those Grands wandered by to say hello. One brought drinks, and a new fangled chocolate lasagna.

It was restful.

Later I couldn’t sleep. In fact, I’ve had trouble sleeping for several months now. I could sleep half a night and be awake the rest. The only thing worse is keeping your husband up too. On occasion I have resorted to the couch.

Do you ever have trouble sleeping? Sometimes it’s the heat, or the cold, but most often it’s that troubling thing (or two) in your life. Possibly it’s a heavy schedule or family problems that are at the forefront in your mind.

So—wide-awake last night, the Umpire and I talked about getting away to Summit Lake. For a month I had been wondering when we would get away for a day to clean and open up the cabin for summer. Being that our summers are so short, it needed to be done a month ago. I admit I can’t do it alone now, and I need the Umpire to run the mower in places where the ferns don’t grow.

 

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I need some time, I need rest. Just me…by myself…at the lake. A selfish desire?

A few days, or maybe a week to unwind, uninterrupted, with no one to cook for, no wash, no cleaning, no dog, no appointments, no questions to answer, no internet, no phone (well, almost).

I could ask you if you think this would be profitable for you and I know what you would say—are you kidding? When can I go?

I don’t work a job out of the home anymore, so shouldn’t that be enough? Granted, I still have appointments, errands to run that my husband can’t, and calendar full of dates with the Grands. There’s baseball games, dance recitals, softball, soccer, and don’t forget birthdays! It’s all fun, and tiring and I just wish I were a ten or fifteen minute drive away from all of them– instead of one hour.

The Umpire has a full schedule nearly every day. He’s all day at school and off to umpire in the evenings. It seems unfair that I should go for a rest. After all, who is going to cook for him?

So we talked about rest, and getting away from the daily schedule, and just the thought of if spoke some freedom I need right now. We are always responsible to others, whether it is to care directly for family members, or coworkers, friends at church, or our neighbors. But humans are fragile and we need rest and renewal—it’s a fact of life. I know we can be tough and think we can handle it all, and the problem is…we try.

If we keep on pushing, we burn out and that proves dangerous for us, and those around us.

In Luke 5:16 it says this:

“ But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.” NASB

I’ve seen this often—Christ alone with the Father. He came to earth as a man, to share what man lived…to share everything in which man struggled. He wanted to be like us so that we would understand his sacrifice was true.

My Pastor said that the word often means on a regular basis. As often as I have read it in the New Testament, it’s obvious Christ wanted us to see this. He wants us to know it’s important to go apart in our own wilderness. He wants us to turn back from the busyness of life and be quiet with the Father.
How about you my friends? You may not have a few days to spare, or even a half-day, but you can get alone with the Father and drop the heavy load from your back.

It’s important…he told us so.

 

 

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who is like You…or shocked and bewildered and questions for God

Today I can’t see my way out of the terror in the world that is consuming the Middle East. I pray…I cry…but my helplessness is the worst pain.

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What can I do beyond prayer?

 

Not that my prayers are flippant, oh I mean every word for the suffering of mothers and children. The pain, the fear they live with—day after day, month after month, I can’t imagine.

While I wonder about what is beyond my prayers, I have to remember that I am such a small creature before a mighty God. I haven’t a clue what the big plan is. What can I do? Who am I to question the waiting?

 

He is in total control.

He will always do what is right.

 

Oh yes, He is watching with full attention. While some pretend nothing is amiss in the world, others fear and take survival mode. People talk of deceitful politicians, greed of the wealthy, the poor getting poorer, daily violence…and while we are either shocked or sick of it, and wondering why this world is suddenly so crazy out of control–make no mistake—God knows. He saw it coming long before time began.

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Nothing is beyond his grasp.

 

One day He will decide it is enough. One day when he has called his beloved to him, he will end this evil on the earth, and those who cry to him, those who suffer will suffer no more.  All–every one of us on earth will bow before Him.  Oh yes, some will hate it, but they will bow. One day…but not one of us knows that day.

 

Watch, and be ever mindful.

 

This flesh and blood that we are made of is but a vapor, a fading flower, and a piece of grass. Oh, you can have your hopes for tomorrow, but there is no counting on tomorrow, it may never come.

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There is a country album called Glory Revealed: The Word of God in Worship.

I just want to share the words of one song this morning as I walked and brought those women and children before him. What do I need that is so pressing, that I might pray for myself above the needs of those in crisis?

 

Pray with me.

 

Who Is Like You?

 

The Lord is my strength and my song

He has become my salvation

He is my God and I will praise Him

I will lift Him up.

 

Who is like You, majestic in holiness

Awesome in glory, working wonders

Who is like You, majestic in holiness

Awesome in glory, working wonders

In Your unfailing love

You will lead the people that You redeem

And in Your strength, You will guide them

To Your holy place.

 

Who among the gods is like You?

Who among the heavens?

Lyrics by Tim Neufeld