Silly question in today’s world, isn’t it? I can remember when I first retired wondering what I would do to fill the days. It didn’t take long for me to wonder how I ever had time to work. We live in a fast-paced ever on the go society. It’s easy to get caught up in this whirlwind and just keep on going and going like the Energizer bunny or like our new pup, Freckles. He plays and runs until he just collapses and stretches flat out with his legs splayed behind him. There has to be a better way!
When I first decided to dedicate more time to the Lord, I began doing numerous activities that were related to church, but I felt like I had to do something to show the Lord how sincere I was in my love for Him. I’d appreciated the support our church community had offered to my first husband and myself when he was stricken with cancer. After he passed, I vowed I would repay their assistance by doing all I could for the Lord. The problem was that I was running around like a chicken without a head and really not accomplishing much. I felt frustrated and tired much of the time. The Lord finally convicted me that all my actions meant little without grounding myself in His Word. When I faced criticism or opposition, I was lost and easily discouraged. I lacked a firm foundation on which to build my service. When the Lord opened my eyes to my lack of understanding, I turned to His Word.
The Holy Spirit is our guide and even when I wasn’t as immersed in the Lord as I should have been, I could sense His guidance. Once when I was facing a problem in a Christian women’s group. I had asked the pastor to pray for me before the group’s next meeting. We had agreed on meeting thirty minutes before the group would convene and planned to saturate the room and myself in prayer. The pastor forgot and when I realized he wasn’t coming, I began to panic. I didn’t know enough about prayer to pray for three minutes much less fifteen or twenty. What could I do? Well, I now know that the Holy Spirit led me to read a few Psalms and also some hymns. The Lord heard my plea and sustained me through a difficult time. The pastor later apologized to me, but I told him all was okay and explained what I had done in his absence. God hears us no matter how we pray and He knows what’s in our hearts.
Two of the most comforting, encouraging and inspirational passages I depend upon are located in Psalms. They bring me peace and reinvigorate me when the world takes its toll. David wrote in Psalm 62:1-2,5 “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken…..Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him.” Wow, what else do I need? Peace infuses my body and I rest in Him! His arms are around me and He holds me tight while I strengthen and re-energize. Do I need more rest? Then I repeat Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” Why am I worried, distressed, overwrought? It’s human nature to think the burden is on me, but it’s not. God is in control. He created this world and knows what is best for me and everyone else. I need to rest in Him and wait patently for it’s in His time and not mine. He is in charge and once I refocus and rest in Him, my peace replaces that weary feeling and fills me.
I could keep adding more quotes. I’ll leave you with these words though from Psalm 62:8 “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” He and only He will give you peace so rest in Him!