Week beginning: 12th April, 2015
By Claire Wilkinson | Nairobi, Kenya
"Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me."Psalm 116:7 (NLT)
As we return to work this morning – client appointments; drafting challenging documents; studying for exams; court hearings (or those most precious of Mondays: the empty diary and time to catch up) – it may seem strange to focus on rest, rather than activity. However, having recently transitioned to a new job, in a new country, I have been reflecting on "busyness" and its cost to my soul - the bone-deep weariness that seems immoveable; how hard it can be to speak to God when my mind is so full; and the rising tide of panic that threatens to overwhelm me when I look at all that needs to be done.
This verse spoke powerfully to me this week. Truly I can say, "…the Lord has been good to me." God pours out His abundant blessings on our lives all of the time – but often I fail to stop to appreciate them. Importantly, the Psalmist does not see rest as an achievement or another activity to fit in – rather, it is surrender to the LORD who has been good to us: "Let my soul be at rest....." or, as the NIV and NKJV have it, "Return to your rest, O my soul."
So, this morning take some time to reflect on all of the ways that God has been good to you. Return, once more, to your soul-rest in Him, surrendering all of the week's activities to the mighty power of our God, for whom all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
1) Be at rest now and ask the Lord to show you where you can take a step back and rest in him.
2) Pray for all who are working for justice, in the name of Christ, around the world and for our partners in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.