Rest

“There is a rest for the people of God.”

I’ve spent seasons of my life working feverishly towards goals…establishing ministries, building businesses, acquiring educational degrees. Yet this season is different. Why? Is it because I’m wiser? I hope so, but I think it’s more than wisdom attained. With each passing year, the message of Psalm 127 becomes more meaningful to me:

1 Unless the LORD builds the house, 
They labor in vain who build it; 
Unless the LORD guards the city, 
The watchman keeps awake in vain. 
2 It is vain for you to rise up early, 
To retire late, 
To eat the bread of painful labors; 
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep Read the entire Psalm

Sure I work hard—Dad wove a strong work ethic into the fiber of my being.

Sure I set and progress towards goals—years spent in the field of education solidified these necessary skill sets.

Yet as I age, seeds of trust in my soul burst their confines and grow like tender shoots. And somewhere between heaven and earth they intertwine with the miraculous:

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” –James 1:17

In fact, experience has taught me that if what I want doesn’t happen, then I can rest in the assurance that it wasn’t the best God had for me.

Yes, there is a rest for the people of God. We can embrace the finished work of Christ. We can receive all that is intended for us as a gift from our Heavenly Father whose love only knows the boundaries of wisdom.

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About JoDee Luna

“I’m lost in a love affair with portrait painting!” JoDee Luna confesses. This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions: mixed media, mask making, floral designing, photography, sculpture, and gardening. JoDee believes the creative process infuses her with the courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas. She seeks to share her insights with others through her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and website by the same name, http://refrainfromtheidentical.com. Both provide helpful tips and inspiration for artistic multi-taskers, those who enjoy various forms of artistic expression.
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2 Responses to Rest

  1. You both look so happy. That type of relationship was not in the cards for me. Cherish what you have as I am sure you do.

  2. This post is comforting to me, JoDee. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you…

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