Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Peace, Refuge, Rest

Yesterday I spoke of how a heart at rest is a reflection of God. The One who brings rest and a peace beyond understanding.

Life here can be full of so much turmoil. Our family and friends suffer from illnesses & accidents. The media only shows negative, destructive news. People are full of hatred. We are divided in politics, in race, in socioeconomic status. Families are splitting up. There's no time for each other. Everybody is busy. More and more children than ever before are being born sick and getting diagnosed with long term illnesses. Terrorists seek to destroy freedom & christianity throughout the world.......

yet there's a peace deep down within those of us who know Christ. There's hope. There's light.

My hubby's favorite Psalm is Psalm 23

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD

It is becoming one of my favorites as well.

Thank you God for making us lie down in green pastures. For giving us rest in a world designed to do opposite.

I love how God designed me to be so passionate. He has created me as a very passionate & enthusiastic person.... but it can be draining as well. What's so beautiful to me is that He allows me to sprint... to be passionate and be totally on fire.....and then He makes me rest.

He knows when I need it. He's there to fall back on at all times.

Some days I just feel so overwhelmed with the hurting I see.... with the excitement I feel..... with the passion He has created in me that I just can't even sit and read for that long. So I end up just sitting (laying) and listening to Him. Just being still and I think of this Psalm.

How blessed are we to know that despite the clouds we see.... despite how the world around us looks....... there is a light, The Light of the world and He's here. His beauty & love chase after us and cover up what the world fills us with.

He is the one and only refuge in a hurting world. He is the peace & rest we all desire so badly in our core.

Picture taken by MomMom

1 comment:

Rebekah said...

Oh, Randi Jo, I love this. I love your passion and excitement, and I understand how exhausting it can be to be a passionate person. How good God is to give rest and peace!
Love ya!