Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Lesson #119: Learning to Rest

I am a planner and a doer (with a dab of O.C.D. on top.)  This has been manifested over and over through testimony of friends and family (along with the occasional personality test... just for fun.)  When a chore needs to be completed, I will 'spearhead' the task unless someone else takes lead.  I do not see the point in wasting time.  This has proven useful on many occasion.  It has also annoyed my husband countless times.

At this season in my life, I am having to lay down my 'do or get out of my way' attitude and allow God to teach me that His work is perfect.

I have heard the scripture quoted from many a pulpit, for many a year, but for the first time in my life I am beginning to understand what Jesus meant when He said, "All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son, except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father, except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.  Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you SHALL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.  For My yoke is easy, and My load is light." Matt 11:27-30 
My desire is to solve all the riddles in my families life that are unknown to me right now.  But Christ keeps whispering to me, "Why are you trying to take on tomorrow when you have enough tasks to complete today? Rest dear child.  Rest in Me.  Allow Me to do the heavy lifting.  Tomorrow will be full of its own struggles and tasks, and when the time comes, I will provide what you need.  But I will provide when the time comes."

How gracious God is!  I complain because I want my complete 'to-do' list, and God is mercifully handing me a few at a time.  He doesn't want to overwhelm me with all of them at once.  I am very slow to learn... sometimes.


  1. As with most of us, when it comes to God, we are slow to learn. Because we want to do it ourselves, thinking that we can do it just as good or even better, we keep from seeing exactly what God can and will do when we wait for His perfect timing!

    O what weak ones we are, but He is so strong and perfect!

    It is exciting to see what He is working in you and family!!!!!!

  2. The problem I am running into right now is that God keeps giving me things to do that aren't the ONE thing I WANT to do.

    I know these little steps are getting us closer, too. Just hard for impatient me.

    Yet He is so patient.

    Trying to rest in Him,

  3. I say more than just a "dab" of O.C.D.

    On the flip side, funny enough, is that Matthew 11 is what I have read recently and had Jesus telling me the same thing.

    Easy yoke; light burden. Sounds nice. Now rest. Sounds hard.

    But, I've found, the sooner I do, the better.