Showing posts with label rest in the Lord. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rest in the Lord. Show all posts

Jan 30, 2014

Lessons from a Hummingbird

When a hummingbird builds a nest, the bird does not think ahead of time, "I will build a beautiful nest." She instinctively gathers tiny sticks, feathers, and soft things that please her, mindfully and enjoyably doing what is natural, just one pleasing piece at a time. And then, as if by magic, a beautiful, safe nest is created by God.

"Do you think lightly of the riches of [God's] kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness  [safeness, love, goodness and beauty] of God leads you to repentance?" (Romans 2:4 - words in brackets mine)
When we see that God is tender, and become still with that safeness, and do just one thing mindfully in freedom and faith, we effortlessly build something beautiful from God. 

Sep 12, 2013

How Jesus Prayed All Night

There are several Scripture references that tell us sometimes Jesus prayed all night (e.g., Matthew 21:17). For some reason, I always imagine Him out in the wilderness kneeling over a rock, laboring in prayer in the dark.

It is a little intimidating, really, if you think we should try to live as Christ lived. I am pretty protective of my sleep and, honestly, I'm not sure I would be willing or able to do that.

 But as I was sitting on our deck swing one evening, talking to God, I realized my imaginings were probably incorrect. I like to be outside in nature and talk to God, and I think Jesus did, too. He was surrounded by people most days, and He needed solitude to commune with His Father. I can see Him lying in a meadow looking up at the stars, feeling a gentle breeze on His face. I think He soaked up the presence of God with joy during those times.

If “the darkness is light to Him” then He must have thrilled in the beauty around Him. In fact, He probably enjoyed it so much that he never went to bed. I believe Christ's example is not to labor in prayer over a checklist (although fervent prayer can be work). He does, however, teach us to take time and to find solitude and beauty and, most of all, to enjoy the presence of God when we pray. That is something we all can do.


May 30, 2013

Dwelling in Safety

In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord, 
 make me dwell in safety. 
Psalm 4:8 (NIV)
Notice this verse says we dwell in safety. God doesn't just keep us safe, he envelopes us in safety. defines "dwell" in this way:
to live or stay as a permanent resident; reside
Safety is all around us. We "live, and move, and have our being" in safety (Acts 17:28). Above us, beneath us, in front and behind, it is there. We breathe safety.

Abba, may we rest in you. Amen.

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