Learning to Rest in Him
Let's face it, we live in a culture that says that we must accomplish. Accomplish what's on your to do list, accomplish a good career, accomplish school, accomplish something significant, accomplish something big. The world tells us that to be happy, to be worthy, we must become significant and that means doing that "a" word again. Even Christians fall into this trap. We think we must go out and be missionaries to a third world country, give extravagantly, take in the homeless, write a book, even blog (oh snap!) It's the worldy day to day grind, the philosophy that has even infiltrated the church, and I'm here to say that it's a lie. But first let me talk about my grind. All my life I was a singer, winning competitions, sure of myself, and even go to study at the Boston Conservatory of music for vocal performance. And then the unthinkable happened. I lost my voice, and I lost it because of two little nodules that had formed their way onto my vocal chords. It was tragic. It's like a runner who shatters their ankle and cannot run again. It's like a football player who is told that he can never play again. I was lost. You see, my whole life I had believed that my self worth was based on what I did. I was a singer. And when I lost that, I didn't know who I was or where my self worth came from. I was sold on the lie that my only value laid in what I did, not who I was. The Bible talks about building your house on a solid foundation so that when the storm comes, the wolf can't huff and puff your house down. Without a solid foundation, my house blew over and I was left picking up the peaces. On my last vacation I sat in the living room with two fabulous women talking about God. One of them asked, "Would it be a waste to spend a whole day just with your husband?" Well duh! The answer was no, of course it wouldn't be a waste. That would be precious time! "Well then it isn't a waste to do the same with God!" Oh.......OH! The truth comes out. Isaiah 55:3 Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Mark 6:31Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest."
There is no resume requirement with God. You were bought at a price, made righteous by Jesus' sacrifice. And here's the truth; if all you did was spend time with Him, that would be a life well spent. Our time on earth is miniscule compared to how long we'll be with God. What is a degree in Heaven worth? What is a fancy resume worth there? What will it matter in eternity if you had an accomplished career or money?
Build your house on a solid foundation. Take refuge in who God says you are. Because jobs get lost, money gets stolen or squandered, degrees become obsolete, people fall ill, and marriages fail. You cannot base who you are on anything material because at the very end of the day (or the world) it will all become dust.
Learn to rest in Him. Drink from His fountain and His truth so that when the storms of life do come, and they will, your house will stand strong.