I remember a time when a situation in my life blew up and caused all sorts of emotions to soar high between myself and someone else. I felt defeated, rejected, alone, hurt, and angry.
As I wallowed in self-pity, God spoke something to my heart loud and clear…
“You have never learned to truly rest in Me. You know that I am your Shelter, but you have been choosing to stand out in the storm instead of coming to me for safety and rest. You have been choosing to stand out in the storm and complain that you are exhausted and weary. Give up and come inside! I will dry you off, and you will find the much-needed rest and shelter in Me that you need.”
It’s possible to know about the shelter and rest He provides, yet still not “come inside from the rain.
Needless to say, that spoke volumes to me. I realized that I truly hadn’t been resting in Him, and I was exhausted in every way because of it.
We all need to be very purposeful to rest and seek shelter in Him. Our heath (emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental) depends on it. We can know that God is our Shelter who provides rest and protection for us, but we have to let Him be that for us. It’s a deeper kind of rest that only He can provide.
It can be difficult to step into this kind of rest when our minds are used to running in circles all day long.
Have you experienced this kind of rest before? Have you stepped under His shelter of protection during the storms of life?
If you are not sure you have ever experienced the rest and shelter that He provides, ask Him to show you how to find it, and He will!
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).