It's beautiful... Listen.... To that Sound.
It's the sound of God. For me the sound of God is the sound of absolute still silence when I can just hear Him breathing. Breathing through the birds outside, the leg - clapping green things that roam out of sight on the leaves. The sound of His breath in the air and its just Love - filled silence.
I confess in years gone by I never took the time or made the space for this place. I filled it with words of prayer, with Godly deeds but I never took what Bonnie calls White Space .
I never needed a book to teach me about this place, because no book can teach me that, books and authors, spiritual friends and teachers can entrust me with that message but people could never give it to me. My journey to rest, started in 2012 with a breakdown and illness. And then recovery and the greater sense of rest and space then ever before. I remember sitting with a wonderful friend over a cup of tea and describing my journey of breakdown with her. She turned to me and said "you can talk about it with authority and you can walk in it with authroity because you have lived through it." I loved what she said, it was eye opening. Rest and peace.
Many times I have had to learn how to rest, and I believe rest in its raw natural God breathed state looks different for everyone but there are some unique qualities about it that are the same. For me, returning to a place of wonder, the kind of wonder I enjoyed as a child, has helped me rest. Also, I have had amazing friends to encourage along the way. Together, we have learned abour rest and the restoration of God's healing within. It's not something we can teach, its something we have to learn with Yeshua, step by step. There have been scriptures that helped me along the way and that continue to help me... Here are two of them....
Rest is something amazing, when we can just sit in God and let His breath be heard all around us. It's like joining a friend on top of a water tower and watching the sun set and just enjoying the togetherness. I am also learning that rest comes from the sense of love. We can rest because we know we are loved, but to feel loved we have to open ourselves up to being Loved by the One who made us. God speaks your love language - and He wants to love you. Love opens the heart to rest. Here's another scripture that encouraged me and still does daily...
The other thing God is teaching me is that rest and work are not opposites, in fact they were created to be one. Sometimes we think resting is the absence of working but it's not. Resting is the absence of striving. Striving involves fear, pushing through anxiety to get done or to get over something. Bringing Gods rest in to something makes that thing enjoyable, it makes it in a way, sanctified. Like if I am writing a book fro example, in the process God does not want me to rush through it just to get down amidst sleepless nights, pills and anxiety. Rather, He wants me to enjoy it, to get lost in it, to have that sense of holy wonder about it, to experience it with Him and to feel His breath upon my skin as I write each line. This is rest.
I am still learning, but I have begun. My journey is unique and Gods way of getting you to rest will be different from the way He does it with me, dont compare your journey to someones elses, your journey is unique because you are uniquely designed.
May God bless you and keep you as your seek to know Him more in the blessed sanctity of rest... Sharing with Playdates!