I have decided to take a rest from blogging for a bit. Life is a wee bit hectic at the moment and I have found myself struggling to get posts out and wondering what to say. With baby stuff on my mind and other ordinary life pressures I find myself in a position of having to cut back a bit and also in a place were I am reflecting on what is important. I love blogging and interacting with readers but right now I don’t feel like I can do the best job I could. I’m a kind of both feet in type of girl so I hate doing a half hearted job just to keep something ticking over.
I think this is a season of rest and preparation for me – I want to slow things down a bit and listen for God’s voice.
Mark 6:31 Jesus said, “Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest.” For there was constant coming and going. (The Message)
I’m pretty sure I will be back soon – I just didn’t want you to think that I have been raptured & that you have been left behind!
Disaster struck yesterday – the car died. It was not entirely a shock – the battery light on the car has been appearing intermittently for a couple of weeks now. The problem was identified as the regulator in the alternator – a little bit which makes sure that battery keeps getting charged so you always have energy to get somewhere. After about ten days the regulator was promoted from the shopping list to actually having been bought living in the glove box until time to fit it could be found. Well, time was not found so yesterday I first lost all lights on the dash board and then after turning a corner I glided to a complete, powerless standstill just before a level crossing. The battery was dead.
I wonder is the regulator of my life out of whack as well? So much time and energy seems to be put into running around, running after others and teaching – the energy from my batteries gets used up but does it ever get topped up again? Without regulation the energy just disappears and everything comes to a standstill.
What about you – are you always giving out energy – do you every recharge? Even Jesus took time to recharge his spiritual batteries – to get away from the demanding crowds and to spend time with his father.
Luke 5:15-16 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
We are not designed to go go go all the time. I love that in Psalm 23 God is portrayed as the shepherd who makes his sheep rest:
Psalms 23:1-3 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he restores my soul.
How is you regulator working? Is your battery running out of charge? Let the Lord, your shepherd, lead you somewhere quiet – let him restore you – before the chaos of your life comes to a complete powerless standstill.
Everything seems so fast paced at the moment – this week has just totally whizzed past me and now I’m at another weekend. One friend, who is a retired accountant, so he loves numbers, shared his theory with me as to why time goes so quickly the older you get: When you are One year old, one year is 100% of your life. When you are 10 years old one year is 10% of you life. When you are 80 years old one year is 1.25% of your life and so it continues to speed up until you are ready for eternity.
But God did not design us to live so fast and to always be so busy – in a world with ipods, emails & cell phones we are rarely in a quiet place were we can really rest. I think many of us would struggle to spend a day of total rest, but yet that is what God prescribes:
Psalms 23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters
I have a theory that we do not rest when we are not a peace with who we are. God tells us that because of Jesus we are enough – we don’t need to earn his love or the love of others, yet we live in a whirlwind of pleasing others and proving our worth.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
I imagine that God often looks at me and says ‘Child, take a break, you are making me dizzy watching you’. This Psalm speak of how God provides for us opportunities, even in difficulties to rest.
Rest child, and let God be God. Let Him be in control.
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