Day 31: True Rest – the Beginning to Never Needing

fall roadThe month of October has sped by and I feel like I’ve barely touched on the topic of rest. I think I was hoping to uncover some secret to feeling at rest, but instead, I ended up frazzled and stretched throughout the whole month.

Much like I wrote in the very first post for this series, Called to Rest, I long for the break. In this case, the end of the month. Here’s what I said 31 days ago:

We spend so much of our lives striving for something. We work to fit in with peers, we fill our calendars with events, we climb the corporate ladder…But how many of us, when the day is done and the party is over and we’re finally alone in our homes, are just plain worn out? We kick off our shoes and get into some comfy sweats and sigh deeply. We long for the weekends, vacation, a holiday or just a day off, but even then we fill those to the brim, finally exclaiming, “I need a vacation from my vacation!”

I’m starting to wonder if we really ever do feel at rest, completely rested in this life. The success of that involves us totally surrendering our lives and schedules, hopes and dreams on the Lord. But since my sinful heart continually fights to grasp at control of my life, it only comes in bits and spurts. Moments of peace, seconds of rest. A Sabbath here and there.

It’s good to want the rest, but it becomes tarnished when rest becomes an idol consuming our days.

The reward may not be in the resting after all. The goal may be the One in whom we rest. That desire we all have for rest may be a longing for Heaven and home with God.

And it keeps me wanting
That mysterious thing
Like a night is waiting for a dawn

The joy is in the waiting
Somewhere in the grand design
It’s good to be unsatisfied
It keeps the faith and hope
A little more alive

This is such a fun song with which to close out the month, from my Canadian friends again.

Every prayer I say (a little closer)
To my resting place (a little closer)
Where my final breath
Is the beginning
To never needing
And I will find my last Amen.

Doesn’t that sound like true rest – the beginning to never needing? Total, 100% surrender to God, trusting him absolutely?

Rest indeed.

Until we reach that last Amen of true rest, continue to give up those bits of crazy in your life to find glimpses of rest. Keep reminding each other to surrender control, to trust God, and to rest in Him. Encourage “one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” — Hebrews 3:13

If you want to a little further reading on rest, take a look at Hebrews 3-4, comparing the Israelites who were not allowed to enter God’s rest with those who believe and are allowed to enter His rest.

Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts…

Thank you for journeying with me through 31 Days of Rest. I pray that you find that true rest.

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  1. Ethel Mller

     /  October 31, 2013

    Yes, Dear One, you did it again. The rest our souls seek, long for, what we are desparate for is to be Home with the Lord. You hit the nail on the head exactly. I haven’t been able to listen to the music you have included, but that treat is stilll ahead. My laptop is dead right now; and for some unknown reason, the sound is OFF on my desktop (which is where I can still get online).

    Now, you can turn your thought elsewhere as the holiday season hits us with a vengence — so little time. These next few weeks will fly by. Thanks for being my “guest” all month.

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  2. Thank you for faithfully teaching us over 31 days- I really like where you have got to with this topic, and agree with you, that :The goal may be the One in whom we rest. That desire we all have for rest may be a longing for Heaven and home with God.
    This article is the best I have ever read on this topic: http://thinklings.org/What We Do With Sehnsucht
    God BLESS you abundantly for pouring yourself out for us these 31 days- have a well-earned REST, knowing you are appreciated.
    Mary, New Zealand

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  3. I was thinking of you… hope all is well with you. I plan to soon get over here to catch up on your 31 days series as I know there are several I missed but I so enjoyed the ones I did read so I really do want to be sure to read them all. A great series!!
    Blessings to you.

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    • Thanks Beth. I’ve sort of been hibernating. 31 days of outpouring for an introvert is exhausting. :D I’ll post again soon. Thanks for the reminder.

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