30 Days of Reflection-Day 8-Rest

Pause and Reflect…

 During the last week I have been reminded by God to listen (Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10), to trust in Him (…my God, in Him will I trust. Psalm 91:2), and to wait (Wait on the Lord…Psalm 27:14). Do you think He is trying to tell me something? I have been practicing daily being quiet, still, trusting, and waiting on God. This has a great deal to do with today’s question which has to do with resting in the Lord.

Now to my reflection on today’s question. 

Question Day 8: In what area of my life do I need to deliberately remember to rest in the Lord?

 I’ve been rotely trusting, waiting and quiet with God and He still wants more from me. Rotely is okay to start, but now I need to be deliberate and get specific about what my concerns are. The concern that I have is for my daughter. I can’t be specific with you because to do so would violate her trust and anonymity which she has asked me to keep. The need, however, is big and God will answer in His time, not mine. So, I lift up my needs and rest in God. He knows the details and also the needs for my daughter and the rest of my family. I just struggle with letting go and want to fix the problem myself. My continual prayer is “Let go and let God” from Al-anon. God doesn’t need a CEO to be in charge of this problem. I must remember this and rest in God whenever I am tempted to pick it back up.
       
Psalm 62:1 says, “My soul finds rest in God alone.” I claim this verse and Psalm 62:5, “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone.” Both of these verses say that I am to rest in God, my soul is to rest in God, my inner soul is to rest in God. It can’t get much clearer and simpler than these two verses, but actually resting in God takes some practice at letting go of your need to control outcomes.
 
I’m a retired RN and I was used to being in charge of my patients, my clients. I was in control. I set up their care plans based on the orders of the physician and I taught them how to do what was needed. I was completely in control unless the patient was deemed “noncompliant” meaning not following orders.
 
This is why I have to practice and practice again letting go. I just itch to pick it back up again. It is in my bones. So, the Lord knows that this is one of my character flaws and loves me through the picking it up and letting it go each time it happens. For today, I am letting it go again and someday, maybe, it will be autopilot for me…but not yet. Therefore, I keep practicing.
 

I was prepared to end with the song above but as I was listening to music on YouTube tonight searching for the song that I wanted to play (the one above), the Lord placed in my heart a need to play this song for someone who needs to hear this. I don’t usually listen so easily (remember my control issues), but tonight this is for someone to hear out there and it is quite beautiful and says it all…

I pray that you will learn to rest in God alone.

 

Susan…