We wake to a strange sound this morning-quiet. I roll over and can’t believe it’s only the two of us here, just Jason and me.
When my parents took off from their own toil, they offered to come and pick up babies and kindergartners and work for us-to give us a day or two away.
And this is how every real rest happens-someone else has to do all the work.
No one can eat if no one cooks and there’ll be no (clean) clothes to wear if no one washes them.
There really is no such thing as a free lunch.
I wake to the quiet and wonder what noises are stirring back home with my parents. I wake full of a good night’s sleep and wonder if my parents have slept a wink.
And I think of Him who calls of us who labor to stop with our stress and our to do lists and our agendas.
‘Christianity is a queer business! If at the outset we try to do anything, we get nothing; if we seek to attain something, we miss everything. For Christianity begins not with a big DO but with a big DONE.’
As much as I needed the rest, it was so hard to drive away and leave all the work to someone else. As much as I wanted a break, it was near impossible to load more burdens on my parents who’ve already carried me so many years.
But, there is so much joy in the rest.
It can be so hard for me to rest with God. Salvation? Filling of the Spirit? Becoming Part of the Body? Sanctification?
This is God’s work. He offers to do it all for me, for us, and will we let Him?
‘God is so wealthy that his chief delight is to give. His treasure-stores are so full that it is pain to him when we refuse him an opportunity of lavishing those treasures upon us.’
‘If only we saw how rich and how great he is, we would leave all the giving and all the doing to him.’
‘Just you stop, ‘giving’ and you will prove what a giver God is!
Stop ‘working’ and you will discover what a Worker he is!’
from Sit, Walk, Stand by Watchman Nee
He and I look at the weather and plan our day and don’t know quite what to do with ourselves. We decide to walk to the fountains.
And shouldn’t this be the way it is with me and God?
Me, letting Him do all the work, letting Him be the only giver, and then walking out into each day as an overflowing fountain-that He alone has filled.
‘God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, …raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places…’Ephesians 4,6