Our bodies need rest. They have a way of reminding us that we can only sustain the physical and emotional demands of watchful caregiving for so long. To neglect the body’s needs is to risk collapse. It’s a physical law. Only deep, restful sleep brings the physical restoration and renewal we so desperately need. At times, even a brief rest can make us feel like a new woman or man.
Something deep in each of us seeks to remind us that our souls need a quiet place, a place of deep inner rest. We can experience a deep emotional exhaustion, our heart’s insistent cry for relief. Or it may feel like a prayer for which we can find no words to express our hearts pain and longing.
Times like these call for us to simply be present to our loving LORD. It may help to think of yourself as one of his beloved disciples, sitting with him in a quiet place, letting yourself experience the stillness and wonder of his presence. Allowing yourself to feel how deeply he loves you. Becoming more fully aware that he has come “that [you] might have life, and have it abundantly”. (John 10:10) Breathe in the reality that those words he once said as he sat with his first disciples, he is saying to you now…today, and for all of your days, and in all of your distresses.
Prayer – LORD, let your life-renewing presence strengthen me today. Amen
Photo courtesy of Ken Jones, copyright 2016