God does not send us into the dangerous and exacting life of faith because we are qualified; He chooses in order to qualify us for what he wants us to be or do." Eugene Peterson
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Robyn Rochelle Cox
Loving God in the Moment
I have been contemplating these words for the last few months. God invites us into His rest. Why? and How?
I know that we are given clear instruction to enter into the seventh day of rest. He really wasn't that hidden about that. He does it, tells us to do it, over and over again!
He says: Hey YOU!!! You that I created!!!! REST on the seventh day! Got it? It will do you good!
Why? Because it is good for us.
But, then Jesus says, "come and I will give you rest."
I don't think He was referring to only the seventh day.
God wants us to rest against him like a weaned child rests against His mother. I'm not thinking that happens only on the seventh day.
How????? Could it be in relationship?
What creates an environment of rest?
People can sleep and still waken un-rested. Therefore, sleep, having a huge impact on the body in rest, does not guarantee rest.
I've known only one woman in my life that operated in a regular attitude of rest.
When I met Catherine, she was in her late 70's. She had reared 4 boys on her own with little or no income. Her lawyer husband had died when the boys were young and she worked for a church daycare/school in Dallas - earning minimum wage. She lived in a house that was about the size of a postage stamp, overrun as so many of the homes from this generation with stuff. (you know you just might need that milk carton someday) :-)
Catherine's favorite words were Total Trust.
She was the woman that taught me that God is GOOD. Not some of the time, not when it looks like it, not when it feels like it, not when I am getting my way. He IS the very essence of goodness. All that is and was and will be in Him is wrapped in goodness.
Evil has been let loose on this earth - but He has conquered that evil. It is accomplished, is being accomplished and will continue to be accomplished. The very mystery of the God we serve.
When Catherine entered a room one knew that she had been in the presence of God, that she walked in the presence of God, that she loved in the presence of God.
Was Catherine perfect. Absolutely NOT!
In fact, I am sure that her family although very loved and incredibly enjoyed, would be quite ready to tell you the realities of her frailties. I knew some of them and loved watching her chide herself when she caught herself indulging in a selfish moment.
That is a huge pill to swallow. This Total Trust cannot happen in a vacuum. It happens in a relationship. It happens as we allow God to work in and through us in our relationships that He brings across our path.
Can I trust Him to know what He is doing?
When a loved one misunderstands my motives, can I trust that He is there?
Can I enter into the faith of a child and know that He is right there for me to lean my head against? Can I totally trust Good?
Totally Trust GOOD?
Because God is the very definition of Good - can I trust Good?
Good in my pain? Good in my hurt? Good in my questions? Good in my walk?
As I lean more and more on the God of the universe - I believe He is teaching me how to trust Him. He has everything in order. He is for me and not against me. He is my avenger, my redeemer, my lover, my friend, MY GOD!
And I want Him. I want Him to lean against.
He is the only One worthy of Total Trust. All other relationships are simply a facsimile of this grander and more complete goodness.
The beauty? When we have this Goodness, this Total Trust, this God to lean against like a weaned child leans against his mother.
Well, these relationships that are facsimiles are much more restful.
Entering into the dance of life with the lover of my soul.
May you find Him there in your darkness and your unrest.
A little about me
I am in the world almost every day. Okay, daily.