Read: Exodus 33:12-23, Psalm 61:1-8, Romans 8:26-27, Psalm 62:1-12
I’ve lived the past year with an anxious heart, divided into a thousand little pieces. In true Christen spirit, I said yes to way too many things. A few months into 2015 I was over my capacity limit, committed to a schedule of rushed mornings, long days away from my family, and late nights to attempt to finish my to-do list before I crashed for a few hours only to wake up and begin again. I was running on exhaustion, not on endurance.
My tears became my emotional triggers that this was not going well. I found myself crying all. the. time. Have you ever been in this kind of situation? I cried so hard that my body would literally begin to shake. It was in these out-of-control moments that I admitted my weakness and limits. I was tired. The tears that I cried led me straight into the arms of God, begging Him for change.
Before change can happen in our schedules, our hearts have to change. Inwardly, we have to examine our motives and ask ourselves the hard questions of why we do things that obviously cause us harm. Our tears are indicators of what causes our hearts to beat either in rhythm of out-of-sync. Then, we need to give our tears to God.
If we don't our hearts have the potential to suffer serious consequences. According to the American Institute of Stress, stress increases the risk of heart disease by 40%, heart attack by 25%, and stroke by 50%. Stress is seriously harmful to our hearts, and it stems from us being overwhelmed with our daily life activities. So, how do we overcome overwhelm?
In a world full of rush we must find time to rest in God.
Psalm 62:1-2 says "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."
I read this prayer after an evening filled with tears, and I underlined the last part, "I will never be shaken" with "never" underlined twice. Could this really be true?
I went on to read, "One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done" (Ps. 62:11-12).
Might I be exhausted because I'm not truly resting in the presence of God?
As a ministry leader, I often find myself unintentionally putting my faith into works, not rest. I'm a Martha, through and through, crying out, "Lord, I need help!" all the while wishing I was more like my sister Mary, sitting at the feet of Jesus.
For us to have an undivided heart in 2016, we must schedule time to rest in God. Even if we are beginning something new or are wandering in a desert grumbling, God calls us to rest in Him. Remember, after He had created for six days, He rested on the seventh day. The Sabbath is something that we don’t always recognize in today’s world of busyness, but it is a necessary time that our souls need to rest.
Let us remember to rest in our God who is both strong and loving. Allow yourself time to wrap up in His embrace and feel His peace that comes when our souls unwind from the rush of this world.