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.
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.
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.