I NEEDED THE QUIET
God says on the seventh day He rested from His work(Genesis 2:2) and since we are created in His image we need rest too. In the 23rd Psalm David said, “He makes me lie down…” Job’s friend Jophar gives him a crumb of reassurance saying, “You will lie down without fear…” (Job 11:19). With great wisdom Solomon wrote these words, “…when you lie down your sleep will be sweet” (Proverbs 3:24b). Jesus recognized the need for quiet rest when he said to the disciples, “Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” (Mark 6:31)
In my career as a teacher and principal I learned just how important rest was. Long hours and a great deal of stress do not help anyone’s health. Burning the candle at both ends, ends up with nothing when the flames have consumed all the wax. I finally came to my senses and retired early. The job was consuming me and I heard the Spirit clearly say this is NOT what I want for you. You see, even though I prayed every morning that I would keep Him close all day, when I walked through the school doors I quit focusing on Him and started focusing on kids, teachers, parents and all the issues and stress a high poverty, inner city, school brings. I ended up quite ill from lack of rest, poor diet, and high stress. When my awesome husband was hospitalized and in a chemically induced coma for 20 days from a Traumatic Brain Injury I had much time to pray, think, and reflect. The conclusion–my career was killing me. Once the decision was made, a calmness came over me that I had not known before. I knew without question this was exactly what God wanted. I needed adequate rest and He already knew this was the only way I was going to get it. Praise God! I listened! and rested!
Heavenly Father, thank You! for making me aware. You deserve my total, rested attention. I want to do that. Make my life more and more about You. In Jesus Name make it so!