Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. – (Psalm 116:7, NIV)
My soul, relax! The Lord is caring for you. – (Psalm 116:7, ERV)
I said to myself, “Relax and rest. God has showered you with blessings.” – (Psalm 116:7, MSG)
Yesterday was a great reminder of this. I woke early enough to do my devotional reading, but not quite early enough to write as well. After more months than it should have been, my dear friend and long-time running buddy and I met to get out and move. Dressed for the weather, we decided that a walk and talk would be far safer than a run, as the roads and sidewalks were quite icy. Nothing quite blesses my soul as much as connecting and catching up as if no times has passed. Sharing life with dear friends is so good for the soul. What made it all the sweeter was after we were done, we ended at another dear friend’s home, who had invited us in for coffee. More connecting and catching up was done, and I drove home with a smile on my face and peace in my heart. After walking the dogs and coaching my gymnasts, my love and I went to get some Christmas shopping done. Again, I was reminded of how good the Lord is to me, and how much He cares. Upon our return, he made dinner for the family, and we enjoyed a silly Christmas movie with snuggling pups. It amazes me how God can bring us rest through the busy, the ordinary, and simply through being present. He is good and has showered me with incredible blessings in those whom He has placed around me. May we ever seek the Lord to lead us throughout our days, and trust in Him to provide rest for our souls as He cares so well for us.
Relax, O my soul,
For the Lord is near;
He brings us His peace,
Comfort, love, and cheer.
He pours out blessings,
As He grants us rest;
Calm to the spirit,
For He knows us best.
In kindness and love,
Let us persevere;
Move forward in faith,
For God, You are near.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are so good to us. Thank You that You provide rest for our souls as we seek You. Thank You for the blessing of community that You call us to invest in. Forgive us for the times that we allow the worries of the world to overwhelm us rather than choosing to be still before You, as You are the One who settles the soul. Teach us to trust You more. Lead us to love those around us as You intended, and help us to be the hands, heart and voice of Your goodness and love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we praise You for the blessings You have poured out upon us, and the rest that You alone bring to the soul. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him. – Psalm 34:8