Rest … or Laziness?

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I’ve not written for a while.  Truth be told, it’s because I’m tired.  Yes, there have been odd lot mini health crisis that have popped up, but nothing horrific.

I’m just tired.

I end up feeling as if I’m lazy.

And guilty.

I wonder if I should be pushing through and getting devotionals up - even reruns.

But I don’t.

A few days ago,  I read a Bible reference that helped ease my soul.

There is a bit of a back-story to it.  I’ve been doing some guided relaxation sessions and they help me quite a bit.  I make sure my focus is God focused.  While breathing slowly, I say to myself “Be and still and know” on the inbreath and “that I am God” on the outbreath.  Slowing my breathing really does help calm me. 

I got curious though.  What was the Hebrew meaning of the word “God” in this instance/  I know that our culture translates many of the names of God to  - well - simply, God.

So I looked it up.

I found that the word God means Elohim, in Hebrew.  It is the name of God designating His role as creator and judge of the universe.  

Then I wondered - what does the word “still” mean in “Be still and know that I am God”?

I found it means “to slacken, let down, or cease.”

I began to get a glimmer of what this verse really meant.

A cross reference led me to this verse.

“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15.

I’m not sure I’ve really paid attention to that verse before.

It was directed to the nation of Israel, but it certainly fits for me right now.

I felt it was God telling me that resting isn’t laziness - it’s a fact of my life.  And in the rest, if I am resting in Him and trusting, I will find my strength.

How reassuring!

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I’m finding there truly are seasons in our lives.  And I find that, in this current season, it is almost as if I am in a dormant winter.  Just as life continues on in nature during the winter, albeit life we can’t see, nature continues to grow and thrive, even in the stillness of the cold months.

And, even though much of my life may appear dormant to others - it’s not laziness nor anything to feel guilty about.

It is a much needed time of rest.

So, once again, I will write as I am able.  When the energy presents itself - there will be a post.  If not - I’m taking a much needed rest - readying myself for the amazing springtime that is ahead of me.

Blessings,

deni



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