Lately, I’ve been longing for rest and marking the days off the calendar until life can finally slow down, and my world will stop spinning. But with so many transitions and changes, sacrificing a traditional vacation seems to be the norm for the past few years.
Maybe you are in this place also. The place where life just won’t stop spitting out the unexpected. Where anticipating does more harm than good. And if we have one more unexpected emergency or calamity, we just might not be able to get through it without a meltdown.
When we live in the realm of the unexpected too long, we risk losing ourselves, our purpose and our joy.
We find ourselves weary and worn from the splinters left behind, and we hear God calling us to a different kind of urgency. An urgency void of obligations and agendas. And one that promises to refresh and restore and revive.“Sometimes the most urgent thing we can do is rest.” ~Ashleigh Brilliant Click To Tweet
And as we glimpse the sparkle in his eye, we know he’s promising us more, if we can only open our hands and release the grip of doing and achieving and maximizing. There’s a knowing in his gaze.
A soul-deep gaze that splits us and comforts us in this moment of honesty.
This honesty that reminds us we are meant for more than all of this blustery movement. We are called to more than all of this topsy-turvy busyness.
We are called to more than ourselves.
This calling to rest requires us to let go of ourselves, and with each letting go, we learn to treasure the silence and the space of nothing. And in this space, we reconnect with joy and contentment and peace.
“Into the void of silence, into the empty space of nothing, the joy of life is unfurled.” CS Lewis
His gaze leads us to a remembrance of the filling this joy brings. And this glimpse leaves us yearning for what we’ve lost along the way of living. We yearn for the calm and the music within our souls that begins to rise to the surface with every exhaling breath.
The kind of music that plays for longer than a commercial, and the kind of exhale that pauses and purifies.
In this space of pausing and purifying, we are renewed. To a sustainable joy and a soul-deep harmony that melts away the chaos of the unexpected.
And as we remember this place, His gaze and this calling…
We vow to return to THIS URGENT for more than just an intermission~
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
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