Do you ever finally get your head above the waves, and then wonder ‘okay, now what?’
It’s weird. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to that feeling of go-go-go, constantly fighting, perpetually healing, and usually struggling. I know most of my life was spent that way in multiple arenas. But at some point God brings you completely through a trial, and out on the other side of it. And it’s at that beautiful point where the sun of happiness is shining on your face, and the blessings of the Lord are finally revealing themselves and arriving, that you stop and go ‘wait, now what?’
Adjustment. We who are spicy fighters that have armored up in God’s presence every day, and fought from dawn until dusk day after day against a slew of circumstances and schemes designed to take us down in our walk with the Lord, do not tend to make that adjustment into seasons of blessing very easily. It’s like being in fight-or-flight, (something my lil brain-injured self is very familiar with). You’re in that mode because you sense danger, you sense a threat, and when you find yourself in a space with no threats, and no danger, you short-circuit a little.
Truly. Please hear me. That’s okay. It’s incredible to be in those long hard seasons of trial and growth, and I mean that. It’s invaluable. But God never desired His beloved children to be in a 24/7 war. Throughout the Bible rest is valued and honored as vital and important. That’s no less true today about you, than it was in scripture about Elijah. Rest is a beautiful gift, and not a task to be immediately adjusted to and accomplished so you can get back to the dry seasons of fierce struggle. Rest and abundance are just as valid seasons, and can foster just as valuable growth as seasons of pain and difficulty do. Because, as with all of life with Jesus, it comes back to the heart.
Seek the Lord. Seek Him in the agony, and seek Him in the beauty. He will meet you, and He will grow you exactly where you are, in the pain, and in the glory. You don’t have to shift into low gear in terms of growth when the Lord pours out His blessings on you. That choice is yours. In pain, we’re forced to run to the only solid ground. In ease, we have to actively choose it. Just another way in which the Lord is always stretching us to seek Him more, and love Him deeper in new and beautiful ways.
All that to say, yes, there is rest for the weary. And no, it is not a chore or something to be afraid of stagnating in. It’s beautiful, designed by God to bless us with, and something to be embraced.