Resting Before the Lord
Letting Go of Worrisome Distractions
by J.M. Troppello
I confess that I have been stressed the last few days. The stress has made me feel fatigued as well. In the afternoons, I usually get the mail, check the garden and water it, and then sit on the deck to read for a bit.
I got the mail today. The soil in the garden was still wet enough that I didn’t have to water it. When I went back up to the deck to sit down and read, I decided to just lounge back in the chair and close my eyes.
I felt like God wanted me to be still before Him.
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (Psalm 46:10, NKJV)
That’s what I did—just sit and take deep breaths of the warm summer breeze. Thankfully, the higher temperatures from the last few days have cooled down to the mid 70’s. It was so nice to sit outside and not get sweaty in the hot and humid weather of recent weeks.
We live in a quiet area, so it was nice sitting outside and embracing the peaceful surroundings. I heard some birds chirping and the soothing sound of crickets. One of our neighbors has a rooster. I heard the rooster crowing as a dog barked back. The occasional car passed by.
It was calming.
Resting in the Lord
Sitting outside and resting in the relaxing environment became a catalyst to refocusing my mindset and calming me physically.
When I came back inside, I did a search online to see which Bible verses came up for the words rest and relaxation. Three of the following verses resonated with me so I included them in this article.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. (Phil. 4:6, NKJV)
I’ve read that verse from Philippians 4:6 many times. Yet, reading it again today—with simplicity in mind—I acknowledged that there is so much power in that verse.
I’m supposed to be anxious for nothing. I had been doing the opposite.
The last few days, many things caused me anxiety. I’d done my devotions and spent time in reflection. Yet, I’d allowed the anxiety to rule me and was not ruled by my faith in the Lord.
Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad. (Proverbs 12:25, NKJV)
This verse from Proverbs 12:25 is so true. When anxiety is left alone, it can cause depression. I had allowed anxiety to bring me close to the brink of depression the last few days.
Thankfully, I finally listened and sat in the stillness outside. God had been beckoning me to be still before Him for the last few days, but I thought I could handle things on my own.
Obviously, I couldn’t.
Then being vulnerable in my writing and focusing on some verses from God’s Word became that good word to make me glad.
Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord. (Philemon 1:20, NKJV)
I love the second part of this verse from Philemon 1:20 which says, “refresh my heart in the Lord.” That’s exactly what happened to me today. When I let go and embraced the stillness before God, the refreshing of His Holy Spirit came.
A Lesson to Learn
Being still before the Lord is not a new lesson for me. I’ve been a Christian for 33 years. There have been many ups and downs in life. However, it’s good to be reminded of the fact that slowing down and just being still in God’s presence is a pivotal factor in spiritual growth.
Maybe you need to slow down and simply sit still before the Lord as is depicted in the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42. If God is calling you to come sit before Him, I hope you are a Mary (sitting at Jesus’s feet) and not a Martha (too busy with serving).
38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” 41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42, NKJV)
Being distracted with tasks as Martha was focused on is normal but resting before the Lord is also necessary. I’m choosing today to let go of all the worrisome distractions and rest before the Lord.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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