Seek True Rest

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Psalm 55:6-7 says, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest! I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness.” Oh how true for me when the rolling waves of life crash around me and I feel as though I’m just treading water and waiting for rescue. I look intently for a ship to extend out the life-preserver and whisk me away and deliver me to somewhere dreamy, problem free, never to return.

As the study text says, “the psalmist confesses that his adversity has become unbearable and he seeks an escape.”, we too, seek flight from our stresses, our adversities, our short-comings, anything that weighs us down. However, more often than not these days, we escape “in flight only” returning to the same messes we tried to escape from. With nothing gained from our flight, we succumb back where we were before waiting for that life-preserver again to free us from the roaring waters. Never experiencing the full rest of mind and spirit as intended.

What does rest look like to you? Is it a reprieve from your circumstances to get a better view-point, to seek truth, to clear your mind, to calm your spirit? If it is an escape from life in general with none of the above, then you are not experiencing true rest. You will fall back into the waves again overly burdened seeking rescue shortly upon your return.

God has a great way of clearing up matters when He says in Matthew 11:28-30, “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.” He doesn’t want us in flight mode, but He does want us to come to Him and do life with Him. To cast our cares upon Him and face our vices head on to find true rest for our minds and souls.”

When you feel yourself starting to tread water, find refuge in praying David’s Psalm 23,“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”

One day, we will escape this life and fly away as the doves and experience complete and full rest at the feet and presence of Jesus!

 

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