“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2).
The other day I felt absolutely exhausted. Exhausted doesn’t even really seem to be a strong enough word, actually. I was mentally, emotionally and consequently physically exhausted. A situation in my life blew up and caused all sorts of emotions between myself and someone else to soar high. I felt defeated, rejected, alone, hurt and angry.
As I wallowed in self-pity, God spoke something to my heart loud and clear…
” You have never learned to truly rest in Me. You know that I am your Shelter, but you have been choosing to stand out in the storm instead of going inside for safety and rest. I can offer these things to you, but I will not make you go inside. You know that shelter, protection and rest are all found in Me, but it will not do you a bit of good if you don’t give up and rest in what I have for you. Instead, you have been choosing to stand out in the storm and complain that you are exhausted and weary! Give up and come inside! I will dry you off, and you will find the much-needed rest and shelter in Me that you need.”
It’s possible to know about the shelter and rest He provides, yet still not “come in out of the rain”.
Needless to say, that spoke volumes to me. I realized that I truly hadn’t been resting in Him, and I was exhausted in every way because of it. I am now no longer wallowing in self-pity, anger or grief over this still un-resolved situation in my life. Do I still feel the sting of it all? Yes, at times. It’s different now, though. I am now learning to lean into Him and trust Him in a whole new way. A deeper way than before. This is a way that only He can provide me. This reminds me of two of my favorite bible verses:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
“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).
We all need to be very purposeful to rest and seek shelter in Him. Our heath (emotional, physical, spiritual and mental) depends on it. We can know that God is our Shelter who provides rest and protection for us, but we have to let Him be that for us. It can be so hard sometimes to let go of our worries, distractions and other cares in life. Jesus knows that we need rest. Not just physical rest, but mental, emotional and spiritual rest. It’s a deeper kind of rest that only He can provide. It can be difficult to step into this kind of rest when our minds are used to running in circles all day long.
Have you experienced this kind of rest before? Have you stepped under His shelter of protection during the storms of life? If you are not sure you have ever experienced the rest and shelter that He provides, ask Him to show you how to find it, and He will!
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Are you finding shelter and rest in Jesus, or have you been choosing to stand out in the storm?