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)
This needs to be an ongoing reminder every single time the challenges of life come our way. There will always be trials and struggles, yet in the midst of them, God is near and His goodness never ends. For the last week, our home has been without water. Our water main to the house burst and we had to have the water main shut off until it could be replaced. Yes, it was inconvenient and the cost of the repair was not in our budget, yet even so, God has been good and has provided what we have needed. Yesterday, the repairs were made and I don’t think I have ever appreciated a shower in my own bathroom and the ability to do laundry and dishes more. Additionally, I was reminded that our week-long inconvenience was many people in the world’s reality. It is a luxury and a blessing to have access to clean running water that comes into our homes. No matter what comes our way, God is with us, and there are always blessings to count. May we take time to relax and rest in Him, and remember the blessings and care the Christ has for us all.
No matter what comes,
The Lord’s always near;
Present to help us,
And overcome fear.
The Lord, He provides,
He meets all our needs;
Our love and comfort,
Despite what we see.
Lord, settle our souls,
Help us rest in You;
Notice each blessing,
As You lead us through.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we can find rest in You, no matter what comes our way. Thank You that You are present to help and that You provide what we need. Forgive us for our frustration when things go awry, and teach us to relax and trust in You to lead us through. Show us how to love, support and encourage others well in all things, so that Your blessings may be evident to all. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we rest and relax in You, knowing that Your presence and love will lead us through. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him. – Psalm 62:5