The Best Rest

by Robin Puchala

Image by Diana Robinson
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“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

Vacations loom large as colorful sunsets fire up our evenings and warm, inviting sunshine bathes us during the days. (Ahh, breathe a deep sigh of relief).

When I was a little girl, my family rented a cottage a block or two from the beach in early August. All summer I waited with great anticipation to smell the salty sea air, run and squish my toes in the soft, wave-beaten sand, and swim, splash, or body surf in the waves. It was my time of rest and refreshment.

In Matthew 11:28 (TPT) it says, “Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis.”

Ponder those words. I’m in awe that our Father-God intends to be as refreshing to us as an oasis in the middle of a dry, hot desert.

In Psalm 46:10a (NKJV) it is written, “Be still and know that I am God.”

I love to compJournal different versions of the Bible and so let’s look at the Passion translation version. “Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving…And you will see that I am God.”

What a powerful invitation, but can I tell you that ‘being still’ is not something I do easily? We are so often so busy, entangled in the ‘tyranny of the urgent’. Jesus wasn’t like that. His prayers were fresh every day. His miracles were unique because He had already gotten still every morning.

We can keep our prayer time with God fresh, too, by seeking Him in new and different ways as we approach this summer season and much needed rest,

Here’s five suggestions for changing up our quiet time:

  1. Music – sing to the Lord or listen to worship music
  2. Art – draw God a picture or draw in a Journaling Bible
  3. Journal – keep a gratitude journal or a list of prayers answered
  4. Prayer – prayer walk around your neighborhood or pray scripture back to God
  5. Listen – open your heart to commune with God and listen for His voice speaking just to you

Choose one of these suggestions for yourself this week and connect with God in a whole new way. Add your own unique touches to your quiet time (a scented candle, incense, different worship music or a new journal). God will meet you there and give you the rest, restoration and intimacy your soul is craving. He is waiting for you.

Come to me all of you who are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (NLT)