While making homemade pretzels one day, after the dough had risen and I separated it into several pieces, the directions informed me to let the dough rest. Do you know why? Because if it was stretched into a pretzel at that point, it would simply break. It needed to rest. Do you see where I’m going with this?
So once it had rested, I was able to stretch and mold the piece of dough into a nice, long snake that I could then fold into a pretzel.
Rest is vital if you want to grow. It just is. There are times when you feel like you are being stretched in a million directions and you are about to snap. BEFORE you even get there, rest. Rest and let yourself be resting. Put away the to-do list. Put away the things that you want to accomplish. And for a time, rest in God’s Presence.
With a Bible, you may ask? Well, if you want. But you see, it’s not about accomplishment or checking off your “I read the Bible today” box. It’s about rest in His Presence. And that rest? It comes in many forms-prayer, praise, crying out, letting His Word soak into your rest in Him or even silence.
It’s like a Mama here in town who read Psalm 91 over and over, as her 5 year old daughter was in ICU. She was resting, abiding. There’s not a box that said read Psalm 91, so you can accomplish something. She chose to rest in the LORD’s ability.
Do not let yourself get to the point where you have gotten so tightly wound that if you were stretched, you would break. Sometimes, you need to just pull it all in and rest. Regroup. Prepare. Restore. Rewind, even. Our culture has trained you to accomplish.
What if I whispered really loudly over the wires here: accomplishment is NOT the goal! Walking with God does not mean that you will accomplish much. It will mean that you accomplish BEST-and that may be one thing that He is preparing you for right now, but you are too busy about the many things.
Are you resting today? Dwell in His Presence. “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will REST in the Shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1 Yes, rest.
And if you will, pray for those who are hurting so badly in ICU this day. May God wrap His arms ’round about them. (Yes, Katie, I am thinking of you!)