I have suffered from Chronic Fatigue since 2005. This means that my energy is always very limited. Exhaustion often forces me to rest, regardless of what I want, or need, to do.
Until today, I have always understood ‘rest’ as time spent sitting down, or being in bed.
However, to my astonishment, God has now shown me that rest can also be a state of mind, and even a way of life.
With this approach, whether or not I am active, living restfully means noticing my sensations, thoughts, and emotions as they occur, acknowledging their reality without judgement, then sharing them simply and honestly with God.
Hopefully, this process will teach me how I need to change in order to live more restfully, so I can be at peace with myself, with God, with others, and the world.
1. Look at your sorrow,
Your pain, and your fear;
Then take God’s right hand,
For the Father is near.
2. Look at your body,
Your mind, and your heart;
Then take a step back,
And let God play his part.
3. Look at your setting,
Wherever you are;
Then move further back,
And observe from afar.
4. Look at your country,
Your continent, too;
Then shift further back,
For a much wider view.
5. Look at our planet,
The moon, stars, and sun;
Then go further back,
Till you see all is one.
6. Look at the universe,
God’s boundless space;
Then draw further back,
To behold his bright face.
7. Witness creation,
Christ’s birth, and God’s plan;
Then praise him forever,
And rest in his hand.
1. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me (Psalm 138:7; NLT).
Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).
2. I hold you by your right hand – I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, “Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you” (Isaiah 41:13; NLT).
3,4. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39; NLT).
5. There is one Lord […] who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).
6. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT).
They will see God’s face (Job 33:26; NIV).
7. This is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children (Ephesians 3:6; NLT).
I will praise you forever, O God (Psalm 52:9; NLT).
I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).
The Lord will hold you in his hand (Isaiah 62:3; NLT).