The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” – (Exodus 33:14, NIV)
The Lord answered, “I myself will go with you. I will lead you.” – (Exodus 33:14, ERV)
Eternal One: My presence will travel with you, and I will give you rest. – (Exodus 33:14, VOICE)
Though this particular verse was what God spoke to Moses in the wilderness, His faithfulness remains the same for us today. Currently, my husband and I are on a much needed escape for a portion of my spring break. After having spent the last year teaching from home with Covid restrictions, this wanderlust needed a change of scenery. Thankfully, we booked our trip months ago, so this getaway was much anticipated, and something that we have both been looking forward to. Our destination may seem unusual for one who loves to get outside and discover new places, but surprisingly, Las Vegas is conveniently located near many gorgeous parks and holds great opportunities for adventure. Yesterday, we hopped into our rental car and drove an hour to cross the border into Arizona, where we were met by the Colorado River as we entered Willow Peak. After exploring the park, we found a place to rent a tandem kayak, and spent the next few hours in the sunshine, paddling along the river as we took in the jagged cliffs that surrounded us and clear water below us. For me, being outside in this way provides rest and a remarkable reminder of His nearness. Though we both have sore shoulders this morning, I know that each of us found rest in His presence that is so evident in His creation. May we ever remember that God will go with us wherever we go, and He is the One who provides rest to all who seek Him.
Wherever we go,
The Lord will be near;
Leading us to rest,
He knows and He hears.
The cry of our hearts,
He lovingly knows;
In goodness, He shows.
Grace that surrounds us,
His presence brings peace;
God of creation,
All hope made complete.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You go with us wherever we go, and bring us to places where You provide true rest. Thank You for the beauty in all that You have created, and for the ways that You place water in the wilderness. Forgive us for allowing our circumstances to disrupt our peace. Teach us to trust You to bring us Your rest as we earnestly seek You. Show us how to love those around us in ways that provide promise, hope and help in ways that make Your heart clear. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we praise You for Your presence and for the incredible ways that You give us the rest we need. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28