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Refreshing
Week of July 10, 2011


“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”   -Matthew 11:28

         Have you ever been so burdened by your work that you feel like the faster you work, the faster time passes and the less time you have to catch up?  As if running on a  treadmill, you fear you won’t meet your goal, and you realize you’re on the border of burnout?

         We’ve all been there, if not just temporarily.  And sometimes, when we’re in the midst of the fury, God schedules us for a refreshing.  It can arrive when we feel we have the least amount of time to come away.  God may expect us to simply lay down the workload and spend hours or days with Him.  Or He may pull us away for a vacation or retreat or even a simple weekend.

         But do we trust God enough to obey and receive?  Do we really believe that the all-seeing, all-knowing God of the universe loves us enough to prosper us in all He assigns us?

        Whatever respite God requires of us, it’s important to remember that He has our best interest at heart.  He desires to help us.  He will be faithful to regenerate, renew and restore our energy.  And He will give us fresh revelation, vision and insight in the most creative ways, even through others.

         In so doing, God reminds us that He is God; He is in control; we are not alone; He works on our behalf; He is committed to our success, and He is the creator of creativity.  He will show us the “obvious” that we didn’t see while we were intensely focused behind a PC or otherwise at work.

         In this way, we see God's artistry in perfecting and completing His work through us.  Like a painter, He uses us to come in close and step back to “see” the vision, sketch the outline, add the details, then refine the work to capture the whole.  God’s perspective is unlimited and perfect.  He rewards diligence.  And obedience is the key.

         So if we sense God leading us to come away with Him in the midst of our impending deadline, we must.  He does this to not only test our priorities but also to give us what we need in the intimate place.  Sometimes, it’s just a nugget, a single revelation that will make all the other components come into place.  But whatever it is, it will be better than we could have derived on our own—even with our talents, gifts and training.  We’ll return to work with a fresh eye and a renewed enthusiasm.

         The Lord says in Jeremiah 31:25 that He “will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”  Sometimes, the most appropriate action we can take is to let go, let God and to pray to know when to do so.

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And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.
Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

1 John 4:16
Margaret D. Mitchell


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