Five Minute Friday: Rest

It’s time for Five Minute Friday. Yay!!!

Ready, and GO…

But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her unto him in the ark.
Genesis 8:9

I do not mean to read or take this verse out of context, but tonight it strikes me differently. Maybe that’s because I’m in a rough patch where everything is happening all at once and all a priority. Ever had a moment or two like that? They are so hard. So when I saw that rest was the word for Five Minute Friday, I thought I’d look it up in the bible. I didn’t get very far on my Blue Letter Bible app. The verse above was the first one that popped up. It made me catch my breath.

not alone rest in God Mdavdison

Now I could go on and on about this word and how many times it appears in the bible. But today I’m not looking to give you a theological run down on rest. Rather, I want to share with you the glimpse of an Aha! moment I had when I read this verse. It was the kind of moment that takes your breath away and you see the scripture with new eyes. It was the kind where the soul lets out a sigh of relief.

First let me say that from the beginning of creation, we were made for rest. Even though there was the fall of Adam and Eve, God meant for us to rest. So my epiphany… rest is a choice. Rest is for my good. Rest is needed. Rest is a gift. Supernatural rest can only come from God.

Today was a hard, stormy day, but this verse showed me the fathering heart of God. His desire is for us to return to Him, to be at home in His presence. His hand takes us in, and He pulls us unto Himself. That’s big deal.

God is not some far off God unacquainted with humanity. He is not some deity disinterested or unconcerned about man. He wants to know us and for us to know Him. He knows what it’s like to be human, and He always knows how to father and nurture us. His invitation is simply this: Come Home and rest. Our souls will find no other resting place outside of His presence.

God not some deity disinterested or unconcerned about man. #restislove #fmfparty Click To Tweet

Today was day I needed His gentle reminder. So I’ll return to Him. I’ll allow myself to pulled unto him. Only a daddy can do that, and God is our Abba, Daddy. He loves us so much. He is a good, good Father. Resting in Him is good for us.

How are you choosing to return to a place of rest? I’d love to hear your stories.

STOP.

I’m linking up with Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. And today’s word is REST. It’s also my #oneword365. You can read my posts about Rest here.


9 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Rest”

  • 1
    Somer on June 23, 2016 Reply

    I’ve had a friend referring to this passage lately. She’s been talking about the bird not finding rest on the earth Til the proper time. She is also in a storm and in a limbo of moving on. She has referred to this idea of waiting for God to signal to her it’s time to get out of this ark and move on. Waiting/ resting that is hard. Esp when resting involves dependence. And patience. Enjoyed your thoughts on resting and reference to this passage

  • 2
    Andrew Budek on June 23, 2016 Reply

    What a beautiful, insightful post!

    Rest was always hard for me, but illness and fatigue are making its acceptance necessary. I am learning that living the now can be far more satisfying than ‘doing the future’.

    That was worth it, right there.

    #2 at FMF this week.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2016/06/your-dying-spouse-172-not-without-fight.html

  • 3
    Ifeoma Samuel on June 24, 2016 Reply

    Hi Marvia, nice to meet you.it is interesting how one scripture can speak so much to our hearts.
    Thank you for sharing what reflections you have.
    Have a great weekend.
    Neighbour at #fmf
    God bless

  • 4
    Gayl on June 24, 2016 Reply

    Great post, Marvia! It’s a good reminder that in God we find the rest we need. “Our souls will find no other resting place outside of His presence.” Blessings to you, Marvia! Love you! xo Your post reminds me of a poem I wrote a couple of years ago, called “Rest, My Child.”

    Rest, my child.
    Let your worries cease.
    I am with you.

    Rest, my child.
    Seek peace for today.
    I am with you.

    Rest, my child.
    Wander no longer.
    I am with you.

    Rest, my child.
    You’ll find safety here.
    I am with you.

    • 5
      Marvia on July 23, 2016 Reply

      Thank you Gayl!

  • 6
    Cheryl on June 28, 2016 Reply

    One of the biggest choices to rest, for me, is in the chaos of my mind. Choosing to turn my thoughts to peace rather than worry is my challenge. I have some challenging decisions to make over the next couple of months, and I continually need to turn my thoughts to trust in Him. And when I lay those thoughts down, I find rest.

    • 7
      Marvia on July 23, 2016 Reply

      I so get that. Here’s to resting body, mind, and soul.

  • 8
    Katha von Dessien on June 29, 2016 Reply

    Very nice post! Rest is indeed a choice, and we need to make it more often.
    Also, that collage is really beautiful!

    • 9
      Marvia on July 23, 2016 Reply

      Thank you Kathna!

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