Sometimes God has to make us rest
A devotional thought by Kylee Forrester
As we prepare to leave Cairns and move to NZ, some of the things I’ve thought I’m going to miss the most are the red, yellow and blue arrow tracks in Edge Hill. Every day before I head up, I try to park in front of this amazing Eucalyptus tree – because, well, look at it. The mix of colours on the tree trunk just fascinate me. Yesterday I took the time to get up close and study it for 30 seconds, just to marvel at God’s creation. How often do you actually just stop, and wonder at the glory of God in the things we see around us every day?
I’ve always thought it’s a bit funny in Psalm 23 how God has to make us lie down in green pastures. He deliberately leads us beside still waters, into open spaces where we can hopefully slow down long enough to notice the magnificence of his clever design – and it seems like a prescription he has given specifically in order to restore our souls.
I personally am tired of the noise of 2020. The politics constantly raging on either side. The fear and drama always playing out in the media. The daily changes, the constant pivots. The pressures of church leadership alongside it all with a thousand opinions on what should be done. And yet we push on and persevere… it’s no wonder God has to make us lie down! But he is right, because something happens when we stop just long enough to marvel at who he is. It puts everything in context and into its rightful place.
Psalm 131 sums this up and I pray you too will be able to find rest with a mighty God who holds in his wisdom, all the things we don’t understand.
Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty.
I don’t concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp.
Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk.
Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord—now and always.
Psalm 131:1-3 (New Living Translation)