Growing in Grace: Resting in His Grace

flowering tree

Flowering cherry trees in the grounds of Barnsley Crematorium for SE3805 © Copyright Steve Fareham

Today, I took a nap. That kind of deep sleep that is un-interruptible and refreshing and so so good.

For me, there are many days that I would love to take a nap, but I rarely do. I rarely really let myself rest. Sure, there are times I sit down for a break in my day; there are times when I pause from my to-do list or watch a few minutes of a favorite tv show, but to really fully rest for me is rare.

There are countless days when I lay my precious babies down to nap, and I so desperately long to rest my head too, but there are dishes in the sink and laundry in the basket and tasks that are yet to be accomplished. And they beckon my name, and so I don’t.

BUT today, I REALLY FULLY found rest.

How often is my spiritual life much like the physical one that I write about? How many days do I strive and try and work to do the things that I think God would want me to do? How many times do I so desperately desire rest, but something in me will not allow it, and so I keep running forward?

And then, I reach that place where my weary heart realizes that despite all my best efforts, it is not enough.

Has He called me to do good? Of course! Has He called me to help others? Of course!

But, when I in my flesh somehow forget what it is really about, all of my good deeds, and my efforts, and my striving is as filthy rags before my Savior.

And, I need rest. My Father is calling me to rest in His perfect grace. And that grace is SO so good.

So, today my friend, REST. Sit before our Savior and REST in his Grace, His perfect refreshing amazing grace.

Matthew 11:18 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”


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