There are times in your life where you may feel as if one more day is too long to endure because even the addition of time represents a weight that seems unbearable to carry.
I am talking about the times where the agony of the tribulation shifts beyond wear and tear and the idea that suddenly God will show up seems as if it is an act of impossible that happens to everyone except you. It is during these trying moments, you may feel as if you have been stretched beyond a bounce back and even a moment’s break is not enough to restore peace in your life.
Yet, I have found that these moments where impossible rears it’s tell tale head, that I find myself backed up against the wall of faith that I’ve built in Christ. The very vulnerability of the state of my circumstance becomes evident as I become fully aware of the cracks in my wall and the random holes that junk has used to ease its way in.
It is during these raging times, that I try and calm my soul down because I know full well that operating like Nehemiah on myself is not the answer to my problem. Picking yourself apart for all of your mistakes is not a good move when you are on your last straw.
In the midst of my observation, God shows me something that causes my reflection to take a different twist. Yes, I can look in the mirror and see myself, but when I take a closer look, I stop seeing me and I start to see Him. The more that I look at me, the more I see him. I look at my scars and I see His grace covering them. I look at my wounds and there is evidence of His mercy. I remove my negative self talk from wanting to find something wrong and shift my focus on what is good and what is right. It is during these intimate times with God, that He reminds me of who He is and I move into His spirit and I enter a place called rest.
Rest in Him causes you to leave your bed by the side of the pool of Bethesda and walk away from a position of pity and move into a position of power and authority. Rest in Him causes you to shift from hopelessness to hope with a certainty that God will take care of you today and tomorrow.
The reason why rest doesn’t seem like a automatic solution to many believers is because the enemy has led some of us to believe that relying on someone outside of ourselves is an act of weakness.
Yet, operating in a place called rest is not relying on someone. It is choosing to rely on God. Resting and relying on God is not the same as trusting a random person or putting your faith in someone who failed you in the past.
Resting in God is putting your faith, trust and hope in a triune God who is the inventor of ability, creator of all things and who has the answer to every problem that you face. God does not operate in happenstance. If it is not question of if He will respond to you, it is just a matter of when. When is such a powerful word because it points to a specific that has already been decided in advance.
So, the next time you are challenged with any circumstance in your life, give yourself permission to go against the grain of normal and let go of your previous ways of handling or managing. Put your hands up and let everything fall away from you becauses God will catch it in this place….and surrender to him.
Even now…..I surrender all to you….every problem….every concern…..take it God….take it away.
Hold me God….For this is your way.
Empty me out….fill me again….
I release it all…replenish and restore.
Gina Dacus - speaker, author, prophetic artist who desires to pour out every God given gift for the duration of her life - there are no limitations in Christ!