We’re starting our walk through the spiritual seasons with the Season of Rest, entry #2 in Thirty Days of Devotion. I confess, I have a hard time with this one. I find it difficult to settle my brain into the calm, focused rest mode.
That is like a foreign concept to me. I don’t even go to movies at theaters anymore because I can’t do anything productive during the show. Instead, I opt to wait for the DVD and sit scrap-booking or crocheting while I watch.
(I’ve always been so jealous of Miss Marple, from Agatha Christie books, because she’s able to knit without looking at her hands. She can sit in a roomful of people, listening to AND watching them, without missing a stitch of her blanket.)
But just like the Lord invites us into daily fellowship with Him, He uses a prolonged period of rest in order to prepare us for the situations that we will be facing down the road.
I’m convinced that Paul’s house arrest was something like this. He couldn’t travel, couldn’t preach except to his jailers. And yet he needed that time to commune with the Lord and focus on Him.
And I think it worked. Not long after, he was chained in a real jail, cold and alone. But he writes, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12-13.
In fact, his letter to the Philippians is full of joy and hope. Yet, if I remember my history correctly, it was written—well, dictated—from the very jail cell of which I spoke.
I think his season of rest gave him great encouragement that he wouldn’t have had otherwise. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.
Your Turn: If you’re here today, then you’re likely already doing the Application in this entry. Good job! Prepare ahead to get up tomorrow morning and read entry 3 about the fallacy of productivity. I’ll see you then!
If you don’t know what all this is about, you need to get the book Thirty Days of Devotion. It’s only 99¢ at Amazon. Then join us tomorrow as we continue to develop a daily quiet time with the Lord. I hope that you will join us right here, every day in September.