I’ve been busy lately. I painted and redecorated my kitchen so I was on my feet constantly. I enjoyed a daily walk too. So at the end of the day my feet have been on FIRE. “Yeowza! My feet are killing me!” I exclaimed.
I sat down on our love seat and rolled my feet across a cold cylindrical water bottle I grabbed from the refrigerator to extinguish the burning pain. (my cousin shared this little trick from her podiatrist) ” Aw, that’s much better!” I sighed.
I popped back up again, shifted a small potted succulent from one side of the counter to another and stood back to decide if I liked the look when I heard my husband say, “Rachel, Stop flitting! Come sit down!”
He knows me well, that’s what happens after thirty-three years of marriage, I guess.
I do scurry and often hurry or sometimes even shuffle in my slippers all around our house. Back and forth and around and around I go! I’m like a wind up toy that spins and bumps into things and backs up and goes about it again.
“Come sit down.” It’s an invitation to rest, take a load off and relax. Is relaxing and resting hard for you? Can you sit or do you flit? I find it interesting how we are often more aware that our phone battery needs to be charged than when we ourselves need charging!
What is true in the natural is true in the spiritual too. When I sit down it demonstrates I am able to rest. God set up and modeled so well that we work for a time and then we need to REST.
That is what the Sabbath is all about.
I’ve been resting and I’ve been “soaking” for awhile. It is a way for me to cease striving and just BE! I select some soaking worship music, close my eyes to eliminate distractions, think about God and let him love me.
It’s like the way meat marinates in a sauce…instead I sit and be still and “marinate” in the presence of God. I’m really in the practice stages of soaking but I love it. Graham Cooke says, “Our rest is a weapon against the enemy.” I love that realization.
I joked the other day saying it is good for me to paint my finger nails before I soak. Then I’m forced to sit because I HATE to gunk up my nails and I know it is so important to get alone with God and be still.
• Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)
Noise and constant motion can be a major area of stress in our lives. We crave quiet even though we continue to to flit and move and make noise. Instead we must carve out time for rest. Just sit, don’t flit.
Jesus has an awesome invitation for us:
• “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
In some ways my feet hurting has been a good thing because it has also afforded more times for me to stop flitting and sit down and rest with God.
What is your normal mode of operation? What are the rhythms of your days and your week? Have you ever practiced soaking with God? I highly recommend it.