“Just relax”, is the advice that a few close friends have been saying to me. How true it is that while we are trying to figure out the solutions to our many problems, that relaxing is really the solution that we seek. We all really just want to rest, yet we think that worrying and rushing will bring us there. Worry never brings rest.
There are many ways to find relaxation though. One way to gain the ability to relax is by way of accomplishment. Sometimes we are stressed because we have something pressing us that we want to accomplish. This is actually a good anxiety in a way because it can be used to motivate us. Sometimes I get chores done only because the anxiety that begins to build up and cause me to feel bad if I don’t. These types of burdens can really weigh us down until we deal with them. When we understand that the only way to bring relaxation under this kind of stress is through accomplishment, then we can seek to figure out how we can overcome. When we have accomplishment, then we can have rest.
What about the times when we are unable to reach accomplishment though? Like, what happens when accomplishing something is beyond our control? Yet, the burden to overcome lingers there and we try to press forward, yet we just don’t have the resources? What then? Many of us encounter such barriers that prevent us from reaching that place of relaxation and rest that we seek. These burdens seem to bring about shame, dishonor, and fear. Sometimes it can lead to anger, frustration, and impatience. Humility, trust, and patience are what the burdens are meant for. Just as God saw that humans could accomplish anything when they worked together as they built the tower of Babel, and he stretched out his mighty hand and frustrated their plans, sometimes he frustrates our plans. The reason being that the trials and testings of the life force us to slow down, otherwise we might spend all of our time and energy building something that really is futile after its all said and down. The Tower of Babel was meant to reach heaven, however all that would had happened is that it would have reached high enough to take their breath away, but they would have never reached heaven no matter how hard they tried. Sometimes it is what we are reaching for that will defeat God’s given purpose for our lives. Maybe it is a God given purpose we are striving for, but God allows us to be slow downed so that we can develop some character as we wait. “It is in the waiting”, God says. It is in the waiting that we get strong and gain necessary perspective.
“You just need to relax”, they say. I have been told this multiple times, yet I keep forgetting and continue to need to be reminded of it again because I keep getting ahead of God. I was given a prophesy years ago by the pastor’s wife, who told me that God would grow me up fast, but to not get ahead of him. Since she had told me this, I have always ran ahead of him. I hate waiting. Yet, running ahead is like racing to get to a red light or stop sign. That stop sign comes whether we expect it or not, whether we like it or accept it, it comes. Racing to come to a stop sign won’t change the pace of our distance, rather it just influences our restfulness. Racing to get anything done is not restful. We must run our race with endurance and assurance that as we do what God has asked us to do, God will bring us to the finish line, that this is not a race of quickness, but it is a race that needs to be finished.
Waiting on God is an art that leads to resting. When we race ahead at high speed, it is because we are afraid we wont finish. When we wait on God, and enter into his rest by not worrying about what we don’t know, and not focus on the finish line so much that we get frustrated and fixated on the reward more than the creator, then we slow down to the speed that will ensure that we will finish. We rest because we have faith and believe that God is in charge and his plans are the best for us. God, thank you for always being patient and reminding us of your truth, and your willingness to repeat yourself over and over again. When we believe and obey, we enter his rest.