When you enter into the foyer of my home you enter through double doors with two windows that shine the bright light of the sun through them covering my entire foyer area. The photo below is my actual front door and often when I’m not rushing to get out the door to face the cares of the day, I have the opportunity to pause and take in the warmth of the light which refreshes me and often makes me smile. When I’m in a hurry I can miss it – the warmth – I can miss HIM – my warmth, my light the One who refreshes me and keeps me smiling – JESUS the Light of the world!
Think about that for a moment….
Enjoy this excerpt from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. I believe it says it all.
“Rest in My Radiant Presence. The world around you seems to spin faster and faster, till everything is a blur. Yet there is a cushion of calm at the center of your life, where you live in union with Me. Return to this soothing Center as often as you can, for this is where you are energized: filled with My Love, Joy and Peace.”
Psalm 89:14-16 “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD. They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness.
I learned to pull back; without apology, when I need to and just REST in HIS Presence because I know what it feels like to miss HIM—to run dry–to run on an empty tank. It affects my sleep, my attitude and level of patience. It also affects my ability to hear HIM and to be effective in my Christian walk. (Note: I say without apology because I once suffered with the disease to please from a childhood of abuse and insecurities. I had to literally learn that it was not a sin to respectfully say ‘No’ to a request. I used to feel so guilty about that and people, especially when they have needs, will attempt to make you feel guilty for not meeting their needs but truth be told JESUS is the Only One who truly meets all of our needs. Amen?! Amen.)
We are all living in fast times and we can often be so involved with our lives, the lives of others, our things to do list, work, ministry, blogging, writing, running errands, text messages, online communication and more that we miss the Light pouring into our lives. People, places and things can all grab for our attention away from the rest we find in the Light of Jesus. We are so consumed with things we are doing and our schedules that we miss the opportunity to just rest – really rest, not just grab moments and times here and there for devotions, church or bible study but to truly rest in the Light of His Radiant Presence!
What happens when you (we) really take that time to rest in His Presence? How does His Light shine in the foyer of your life when you pause to take Him in? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.
I’m praying with and for you. Thank you for praying for me. Remain in the Light of the LORD for He loves you!