My worries appear reasonable. Physical facts support them. But—and this is a big “but”—they leave out the character and nature of God.
When I experienced some health issues that included fatigue and brain fog, assorted fears taunted me. The realization that aging could make me frail and vulnerable frightened me. I realized that when I feel strong I know that with God I can handle life. But when my ump to push though evaporates, my confidence fizzles.
I reexamined my premise: with God I can handle anything. I had to ask myself if I believed God could cover everything when I couldn’t help.
Was my confidence in Him or in me? Physical, mental, emotional, and financial proficiency brings the illusion of security. Lack of those brings a terrible awareness of vulnerability.
Nature supported my perception. Strong animals dine on the weak and wounded. Ruthless people exploit the poor and aged.
God gently, but strongly, interrupted my fretting. The Bible Gateway app I’d set on continuous play got stuck on Deuteronomy 33. Even after I manually moved it forward, every time I opened it to continue where I’d left off, it went back to this particular chapter. Since I tend to listen to it when I’m doing other things, I couldn’t always readjust it. I decided God had something He wanted me to hear.
Sure enough, verse 12 continued to stand out.
Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders” (NIV).
One morning, while listening to praise music, that verse opened up for me. “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him.”
God offered security. Would I let myself rest in Him?
That morning I decided to “rest secure in Him.” I pictured my Shepherd lifting me onto His shoulders, as a shepherd would a lamb, and carrying not only me but also all the cares I’d picked up. Relief washed over me.
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Jesus offers rest to us. We choose whether or not we’ll receive it.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 25:28 NIV).
Give Yourself a Break offers more help in entering God’s rest.
Coming soon is the ebook Give Yourself a Break From Unrealistic Expectations and Difficult People. It covers the first two topics in Give Yourself a Break.