I was reflecting on Rod's message, journaling, praying...and I found this verse that i love dearly, but haven't looked at in a while:
"Find REST, O my soul, in God alone!;
my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
TRUST in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge."
Even as i type this, it seems like God's plea to myself and our community to see God for who he REALLY IS. He is the one who can take care of us, tell us who we really are, keep us safe, protect our identities, shelter us from the darkness of the world as we engage it...
But in doing so, we must trust in him at all times. The line that Rod said at the end of his sermon is something that God has been speaking to me for a few months now, "God has my best interests at heart" - he knows the best way for me to live and what's going to truly satisfy me. Not that I don't get to have decisions, but in the day-to-day-ness, anxiety creeps in..."Should I grade more or just veg and watch this movie?", "Am I being lazy if I do this?", "Will _______(insert activity here) be restful or just wear me a little more thin?" God has been telling me that he knows me, and if I submit and give him the control that I so long to cling to in order to protect myself, that my life will end up WAY better than it would have if I had planned things out...it's been such a wonderful little adventure so far :)
But again looking at these verses, I love how resting in God is trusting who is he is...it gives me courage when I am so exhausted and not rested, to look at what I'm doing in life and how that's pointing to what I'm saying about who God is.
Did God bring up any verses for you guys?