Rest in Jesus

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”  -Isaiah 26:3 NLT

“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.” –Psalm 91:1-2 NLT

Our home is in a season of upheaval and change. Like a snowball on a hill, this season started rolling last year and it’s gaining mass and momentum with each day that passes.

Over the course of the next 3 to 6 months: all three young adults in our home will change schools; one will graduate high school; one will get married; and all three will likely be moving out of the house (two for sure). There have been college applications, scholarship applications, decisions about where to live and where to go to school and what jobs to pursue…and all of these are alongside already full schedules with school, work, and extra curricular schedules. There are still many decisions and changes to come and some of these require waiting patiently…until it’s time to make a decision.

It’s easy to get caught up in the snowball. Last Saturday, one of our young adults learned they were accepted into a school they REALLY love in the morning and another was in a scary accident that same evening. It was a day with many emotions and a day when I felt caught up in all of it.

There’s a song that I listen to over and over these days—it’s titled “Rest” and it’s on TobyMac’s album LIFE AFTER DEATH. The chorus goes like this:

Rest, take a breath
Push aside the noise and feel the air inside your chest
Blessed, my child, you’re blessed
Fall into the arms of God and rest your weary head
Just rest…Rest

We have work to do…but we don’t need to do it all at once and we don’t need to be dragged into the snowball of chaos that sometimes surrounds it. Instead, we need to rest in Jesus: taking our every care to Him. And then we just take the next step. 

I don’t know who I’d be if I didn’t know You
I’d probably fall off the edge
I don’t know where I’d go
if You ever let go
So keep me held in Your hands.
You’re my safe place
My hideaway
You’re my anchor
My saving grace
You’re my constant
My steadiness
You’re my shelter
My oxygen
I don’t know who I’d be 
if I didn’t know You
Thank God, I do

~from Lauren Daigle’s song “Thank God, I Do”

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