Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Staid in His Rest

Don't fret or worry. 
Instead of worrying, pray. 
Let petitions and praises 
shape your worries into prayers, 
letting God know your concerns. 
Before you know it, 
a sense of God's wholeness, 
everything coming together for good, 
will come and settle you down. 
It's wonderful what happens 
when Christ displaces worry 
at the center of your life.
Philippians 4:6-7
No matter what's going on in our lives,
this Scripture is truth--
and it's challenging.
In this fallen world, there is always something
that can cause us to fret or worry.
It may be one of life's big deals:
life-threatening illness, 
financial challenge,
broken relationship.
Or it may be the smaller, 
more everyday things:
jobs, kids, schedules, chores.
And the million things in between.
Don't fret or worry.
Easier said than done.
That's why Christ has to be
at the very center of our lives.
He comes and speaks to us, 
calms our fears and stills our souls.
"I've got this one," He says.
"You seek Me and I'll take care of 
all those things that concern you."
We have to live in a Matthew 6:33 mindset.
"Seek first Him and His Kingdom
and ALL THE REST will be added to you."
That doesn't mean I can't ponder.
It doesn't mean I can't ask.
But it does mean I make everything else
secondary to my pursuit of Him.
Especially those things that concern me.
When those things come up, 
and I don't get it
or I just don't like it,
trust has to be my default.
The sense of God's wholeness
will come and settle on me.
Wrapped in the arms of His goodness,
I remain staid in His rest.
I really want to get this one.

1 comment:

  1. I have been carrying this version of this verse on a piece of paper in my pocket for over a week or so now...I really want to get this one too. Thank you for the added dimension to it. Bless you xoxo