Continued from Drinking Water
Watersheds create places of beauty and rest. One of my favorite things to do is to sit by a river side, feet in the water, and soak in the beauty of my surroundings. It is as if I am being immersed in the handiwork of God as I marvel at the wondrous works of His hands. Every time that I am this kind of setting, my mind turns to Psalm 23 “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, He leadeth me beside still waters, He restoreth my soul”. This place of rest is essential to us. When God made the earth and man, He rested. He did not do this because He was tired, it was an example for us. It is important for us to enter into His rest. This rest recharges us and makes us ready to face another round of work, challenges etc. How do we acquire this rest? We do this by being submissive and obedient to His Word.
Rest is trust. Rest is knowing and connecting with Him as your completion –
The Quitter’s Manual -Jeremy Mangerchine
This rest is also our covering, knowing that even if we walk in the valley of the shadow of death, or in the presence of our enemies we can find His peace because all the overcoming, the battles have been done for us. Valentine’s Day is celebrated worldwide (commercial aspect aside) as a special day of love. As we progress through the day let us think about the Lover of our soul -JESUS – who faced death for us. Let us remember that “greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for a friend”. Let us remember that this love is from everlasting to everlasting. That this love is a consuming fire that perfects us. As you face the fire of your purification, of your challenges, find rest beside the still waters of the Word of God.
Remember also that He who loves us also chastises us because it is sometimes necessary to do so to save us from destruction. Remember to picture this Great Lover who is passionate for us. Who hears us when we call. Who, before we can get the word “help” out of our mouths fast enough, He is already reaching down to pull us up. Let us find our rest in Him who loves us so much, He is jealous for us and will share us with no other. Let us focus our attention on Him, who because of this great love, has made His heart available to us yet gives us the choice to reject or accept Him. To crush His heart or to be careful with it. Think about it. When you give your heart to someone, you are making yourself vulnerable before that person. You are praying with all your might, that they will treat your heart tenderly, as one would with a precious gift. You have taken down your walls and left yourself bare -defenses down. Even as I am typing this, I am already feeling the need to repent for all the times I have not treated my Father’s heart with the gentleness and care that it deserves.
Sylvia M Dallas
Poet, Author, Photographer and Teacher of the Word and CEO and Director of Creator Services at The Publisher's Notebook Limited based in Jamaica. She is married to Rohan Dallas, is a proud grandmother, loves coffee (Jamaican, of course), loves great tasting and healthy food, love to cook and is an unabashed follower of Jesus Christ. Her books AND THE PRISONERS HEARD THEM, THE RIGHT KIND OF INTIMACY and THE BED DEFILED are available on Amazon.