Friday, February 29, 2008


I have been pondering rest recently. Mostly because I am not getting any and am tired. Two different thinkers, but both utilizing God's word have me realizing the need for nourishing rest. I watched Rob Bell's DVD entitled Everything is Spirituall the other evening. It is an outstanding teaching on Genesis 1. One of the topics is sabbath rest. I highly recommend the DVD. The other pointer came from Ruth Bell Graham in her book called Letters from Ruth's Attic. The scripture read, "The apostles gathered together with Jesus; and they reported to Him all that they had done and taught. And He said to them, 'Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while'. (for there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves." She goes on to write this, "Do you remember the Prophet Elijah? At one point he was so tired that he wanted to give up. He told God that he just couldn't go on. God didn't lecture Elijah on his faults and failures, causing him to be more discouraged that he was. No, God sent an angel to awaken Elijah and give him something to eat and drink. Then Elijah lay down and slept again." A very interesting point in the above scripture is to note that Jesus desired to give the apostles rest and nourishment. It did not come to fruition the way they desired. Read on in Mark and you will experience the rest of the story (no pun intended).

Are you available to be someones angel today? Do you know someone who needs rest and nourishment? Are you in need of rest? What steps are you taking to get some rest and rejuvenation? What would you do with 2 hours (6 hours, a overnight) of rest? I'd start here at this picture...

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