I was very tired the other day but I couldn’t relax properly. My mind was racing. When we are tired, we are more susceptible to negative thoughts and their power over us. I had to do something. Then I heard deep down inside “Rest in Me. I am your power.” I love it when the Holy Spirit gives me encouragement when I least expect it. It happens at the most random times. One time I heard Him say something very powerful as I got off the couch. His encouragement ushered me into a long praise session. Sometimes it only takes a few words from the Lord to set our heart ablaze. I needed His fire. I needed something that would consume the fatigue and the negativity that was trying to take over me. “Rest in Me” was just what I had been waiting for. My mind longed for words from the Lord that would put to sleep the bad thoughts and the discouragement that was escalating inside. I said a prayer. Prayer is my point of contact with God. When I join my hands, something amazing happens. I flow with the Holy Spirit and I am very quickly reminded of the presence of the Lord. It is interesting how we can be feeling down one moment and then we get overwhelmed by the presence of the Lord and His joy hits us like a jolt. I prayed for rest. I prayed so I could unwind and find peace in His arms.
The Lord listens to our prayers and if we believe that what we ask in His name we receive, there is no way we won’t receive it. I asked for rest and I received a blessing. Peace settled in my heart and the Lord’s serenity invaded the room I was in. I think sometimes we perceive things as being on the outside when they are really taking place on the inside. God gave me His peace. That peace that surpasses all understanding. He said He was my power. He is our power. He is the power that can quiet the thoughts of the enemy and that can burn all the negativity we face. Finding peace when my mind was all over the place was such a strong encouragement that it led me to think about all the times the Lord had intervened in my life in a powerful way. Going down Merry lane like I like to call it, can give us rest. Going down the road of memories of God’s interventions in our lives can give us peace and help us stay in faith and have hope. Unrest often comes when hope seems gone. Unrest is a fruit of the enemy. There is the fruit of the Spirit and there is the bad fruit of the enemy. The enemy’s fruit is dark and filled with doom and chaos. The fruit of the Spirit is ripe, bright and filled with hope. I took a bite at the fruit of the Spirit and rest came rushing in.
When you find rest in the Lord, you could be in the middle of a crisis but the Lord is all you know. God can transform your mood and make you joyful even when you have reasons to cry. When you find rest in the Lord, your circumstances don’t mean anything. The Lord is your everything. When you find rest in the Lord, you feel like you could walk on water and no storm can stop you from walking. When you find rest in the Lord, you don’t overthink but you are overjoyed. You have joy that puts an end to anguish and agony. When you find rest in the Lord, you let Him take over and you sit in the passenger seat. When you find rest in the Lord, you find a treasure that you share with others and that keeps on giving. When you find rest in the Lord, tomorrow is nothing to worry about and today is a great day. When you find rest in the Lord, the enemy is upset but your heart is at peace. Find rest in the Lord today. Say a prayer. Ask for help. Talk to the Lord of lords. Go down Merry lane. Embrace His restful arms and stand in peace. Stand tall in the assurance that you can rest and you have nothing to worry about. Find rest in the Lord and not in the world. The Lord will give you peace so you can be strong again. May God bless you and protect you and remember that the Lord will always love you!
Suggested reading: Psalm 62:1; Matthew 11:28; Mark 6:31