Rest

Connecting Points

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Today’s Topic: Clear Communication

Today’s Text:  Psalm 46:10 (ESV)  “Be still, and know that I am God.

There is a word that rarely described my life until recent years. That word is rest. When I was a child and young adult, life was constantly active. Sitting and relaxing was for old folks, and now that I am one I understand it. But for over 50 years of my life there was no such thing as rest until my head hit the pillow at night.

The other day I heard a radio devotional from Max Lucado about taking piano lessons as a child. I instantly related to what he was saying. I too took lessons, and learned all the musical terminology and techniques. But Pastor Lucado said there was one thing he never understood – the squiggly vertical mark on the page indicating a one beat rest.

He too hated resting. Keep the music playing was the theory by which he and I both lived. But the response of his piano teacher to the question of why rests were important really struck me. She said, “Because it makes the music after the rest that much sweeter.”

I think I miss a lot of life’s sweetness because I enter the activity unrested. God is prepared to reveal His abundance to me, and because I am tired I am only capable of receiving a little. It is never God who limits the giving of every spiritual blessing from on high (Ephesians 1:3). God never restricts the availability of strength (Philippians 4:13). His supply of grace is always sufficient no matter how great our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). God cannot and will not withhold anything from those who love Him (Psalm 84:11)

Our God, the source of all good, communicates Himself to the soul that longs to partake of Him.(William Law) It is in the place of rest that our souls are prepared to receive what He is offering. Theologian and author T.C. Upham said it this way – If we stand in the openings of the present moment, with all the length and breadth of our faculties unselfishly adjusted to what it reveals, we are in the best condition to receive what God is always ready to communicate.

Stand in the squiggly-lined opening of the present moment and rest, and you will hear God, for He is constantly speaking.

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