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We each have different ideas of what rest looks like, and especially with summer approaching it’s something that is at the forefront of our minds.
I’d like to share with you some thoughts that I have on a passage of scripture that usually comes to mind when I think of rest.
It’s from 1 Kings and chapter 19. Elijah is running away from Queen Jezebel because she’s threatened him. And he’s at his whit’s end, he’s exhausted and doesn’t know what to do anymore and he’s basically throwing in the towel to the point of saying, “Take my life Lord!”
He goes under a tree and he falls asleep.
What we see in the following verses and in the following passage is that God meets Elijah where he’s at. He provides for him nourishment for his body, such as food, and water, and rest, but then he also speaks to the spiritual nourishment that Elijah needed and spoke to him in a whisper.
In our own lives, whether it’s been a busy season or a more laid back one, a difficult year or smooth sailing, it’s important to take moments of intentional rest.
Yes, sometimes that does mean satisfying the things of our flesh such as having food and water and enjoyment, but it’s also important to remember to take the time to do the things that refresh our souls.
Rest is something that God has provided to recharge and realign us with Him. It’s something that He has provided for us so that we can take a moment to pause, reflect on what’s happened but also become ready for the things that are yet to come.
I’d like to encourage you that throughout the summer, to think about the ways that you can take these intentional times of rest with God to recharge and realign yourself with him.
I also just wanna say thank you for all of you who have been serving with us over this past year. Thank you for the ways that you have allowed God to move in and through you. We are always so happy to hear of life transformation in your own lives as well as in those that you reach out to.
God bless and have a great summer.
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TRAINER: Emily Lecerf-staff team, EDM
SOURCE: Recorded for TAKE2
POSTED: June 2018
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