How we can clear enough of our stuff to make a place of soul rest?
As I shared yesterday, I have a practical need to clutter-free my home. But ultimately, rest is an interior de-cluttering.
This soul de-cluttering cannot be done alone. We can never do it single-handed with our meditative dusters or well-intentioned buckets of will.
This is why Jesus provided Himself as our peace in our time of need.
Need is a place where I don’t want to go.
This is where I am weak, where I am broken, where I am nothing like what I want to be and where no one else may have use for me.
Trying to work my way from this place of need, I don’t even realize I’m that far away from you, Lord.
Until I hit my wall.
The wall doesn’t have to be some big life tragedy or even any problem to complain about.
The wall can be that space in between. We are spent because we haven’t allowed ourselves an inch to be human and to be divinely in need.
I call for God’s strength. I cry out for a resolution.
I wait for God to send me His power, with one hand on the door knob, wanting to go and do my thing.
There Jesus stands, reposed with His arms outstretched.
“Come to me. What you need is me.”
I often wait for later tonight, but then I fall asleep.
I say tomorrow, sometime when I am in my right mind, when my heart is quiet and I’m no longer battling my will.
Meanwhile, I see myself drifting farther and father from my soul rest.
I need you right away. I need you right now.
Not later, not when I’m better, not when I’m worse.
I am worn. I am tired.
Lord, I turn from the doorway and I lose all inhibitions.
I throw myself, whole body, mind and emotions messy on you.
I collapse into your arms.
I need. I need. I need…
“The LORD protects the simplehearted;
when I was in great need, he saved me.”
~ Psalm 116:6
Are you brushing up against that wall of need?
Jesus is here to provide a place of rest for you and me.
Share your thoughts on rest and need.
I wrote today’s post after watching American Idol contestant Stefano Langone sing his “wild card” song — “Need You Now” by gospel singer Smokie Norful. I was so moved by the lyrics, I wrote this prayer and spent some time in need with God. Here is a clip of this faith inspired song (Subscribers, click here).