Rest in Peace

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In a previous post, I mentioned the Lord has me in a season of rest.  Besides limiting my pursuit of hobbies, the Lord has limited my pursuit of Him.  Intense study and prayer are off the table; I too easily turn these points of divine relationship into tasks to be achieved.

This season has been bewildering because I tend to be goal-oriented and achievement-driven.  How do I rest?  Who am I, and what do I do in this season?  How do I flow with and relate to the Lord in rest?  How do I find a sense of worth apart from productivity?  These are a few of the questions I’ve wrestled with.

Last night, I felt as if I reached a new mile-marker in this season.  The roadsign came with revelation.  While getting ready for bed, I felt a sense of insignificance.  Now, this sounds worse than it was.  It was actually a positive, liberating feeling.  Put another way, I felt free from the need to be anything special.  As I prayed about this, the Holy Spirit brought more clarity.  He said I was experiencing what it was to be “not” as in  *not* I but Christ (Gal. 2:20).  Part of this season of rest is knowing my death with Christ.

A sabbath began the evening of the day Christ was crucified and buried.  You cannot rest any more fully than death.  It is complete cessation.  It is *total* dependence on God.  If anything is to be or to happen, if any fruit or life is to come forth, it can *only* come from God.

Jesus’s three days in the grave also imply waiting.  As you rest helplessly, you wait.  I can only wait and trust that God will perform what He has promised–resurrection.  But what a promise: “Sown in corruption, raised in incorruption; sown in dishonor, raised in glory; sown in weakness, raised in power; sown a natural body, raised a spiritual body” (1 Cor. 15:42-44).  Resurrection.  Christ, not me.

Lord, our hope is in you!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Kristi Ann says:

    Rest in Peace with JESUS ( YESHUA ) CHRIST!!

  2. Ahhh, that’s really well said. I too have had those seasons of rest, quite against my will, I might add. God has just been persistent however, and in those times I learned that we are truly to just receive Him, that our Grace is truly not earned by our accomplishments, and that sometimes He wishes us to just rest in His peace and be blessed.

    1. mrteague says:

      Well said back atcha’!

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