Oh, visit the earth, ask her to join the dance! Deck her out in spring showers, fill the God-River with living water. Paint the wheat fields golden. Creation was made for this! Drench the plowed fields, soak the dirt clods With rainfall as harrow and rake bring her to blossom and fruit. Snow-crown the peaks with splendor, scatter rose petals down your paths, All through the wild meadows, rose petals. Set the hills to dancing, Dress the canyon walls with live sheep, a drape of flax across the valleys. Let them shout, and shout, and shout! Oh, oh, let them sing!
How many of us are lost? Even though we accepted Jesus, we are still feeling as if we are traveling the desert. Our feet are hot. Our throats are dry. Our skin is scorched. There is pain in every step. There is this desire to just sit down and give up. What if that’s what it takes? What if we just sat down in the midst of our struggle and really give it up? Maybe if we would stop searching for all of the answers, peace would just come to us. We would see a bridge in the distance and finally have a vision of which way to go.
My life was like this for awhile. I was tired. Felt beaten by the things of this world. I was thirsty but had no idea how to quench it. AND I had Jesus. While my life was looking like dry, hot sand everywhere I looked, I could see glimpses of a way out, but my eyes were so squinted I could not tell what was reality. My mind was like a drone day in and day out. I just kept going through the motions without ever getting anywhere.
What changed me? What gave me the vision of my bridge? Quiet, soaking times. Yes, moments where I sat in His Presence for 6 hours at a time. Times where the outside world could not get to me. When I finally sat down, surrendered my life and said, “I have had enough, Lord! Mess up my life!”, that’s when my desert began to be drenched in Living Water. My thirst was quenched! My feet were relaxed. I could see the bridge in the distance. The more I soaked Him in, the closer the bridge got. The closer the bridge was, the more freedom I found. Finally there was a way out of my situation and all I had to do was rest.
I feel like so many of us Christians have this lifestyle of being a Christian out of whack. We have it all backwards. We feel we have to be on the go 24/7. We think nothing will change unless we stay busy with the things of God. In the NIV Bible the word rest is mentioned 496 times…..that should cause some of us to think. God wants us to rest. He wants us to allow Him to take our burden. Not to become lazy, but to become well rested in Him so that we can walk out our Christian walk with full power. Can you see your bridge? Come. Sit. Rest.