I had surgery about 4 weeks ago. For 2 weeks I was only allowed to pick up 5 pounds. Now I am limited to 20 pounds. I have always been of the mindset, "No pain, no gain." I have difficulty resting, both physically and mentally. Today I was told during physical therapy, if it hurts, stop doing it. "Don't push through the pain." I said, but who is going to unload my dishwasher? I have been struggling with learning how to rest. Here is what God showed me.
How do you enter God’s rest. In the N.T. the word rest is G2663-Katapausis. One of the definitions for this word means: calming of the winds. This made me think about the mental aspect of rest. In Mat 8:24-26: And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.
Those disciples, they knew who to go to, Jesus, but they weren’t believing. In order to enter God’s rest we must believe–Hebrews 4:1-4. Another example of this is Peter when walking on the water, Matthew 14:28-31. He doubted. We have to believe in order to enter God’s rest. We also must be obedient according to Hebrews 3:11, 18. Also, we must be diligent to enter God’s rest according to Hebrews 4:11. Practically when I think about the mental aspect of rest, all it means is to stop your thought and think about what is good, trust God, believe God. Believe that for those who love God and are called according to His purpose, God works all things out for good.
If God can speak into being all creation, He can definitely handle any problems that we have. Psalms 62:7-8 On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.
This is a print of an original inspirational mixed media collage art painting. This little boy lives in Uganda. He was having difficulty staying awake. He finally gave up and went and laid down on the concrete.