A season to rest

“One reason people resist change is because they focus on what they have to give up instead of all they have to gain

Something you may or may not know about me is I do not like change.  I thrive on having routine and structure.  It is ironic, and a little funny, to think about all the moves I have made and how much each one has pushed me out of my comfort zone.

I have used the past few weeks as a season to rest and reset.  It can be hard to rest, hard to allow yourself time to recharge and unwind.  (Sometimes you resist it so much you have to get bronchitis just to be forced to take a break.)  One reason it can be so hard to rest is it can almost feel like laziness, like you are being unproductive. But in reality it is important and vital to our well-being.  I am finding as I take time to slow down, I am able to evaluate where my hope is anchored.  I have time to take a look at my expectations and see if they are realistic.  And I am able to let the Truth wash over me and remind me of God’s faithfulness.

As I take a step back and prepare myself for this new life, I am working on shifting my perspective.  I have told people before there is a mourning period after a move, where you have to let your old life die.  And it takes time.  And it’s not fun.  Right before our move I was reminded of 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight”.  The AMP version adds this, “living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises”.  Although I’ve heard it many times before, it is taking a new meaning right now for me.  It struck me that if I really believe in God and His promises, really believe that He has called us to this new life, then I have to walk by faith.  And that means trusting in the fact that His plan is best.

I do believe there is purpose in all of this.  So I’m working on embracing resting and resetting.  I am using the slower pace to take time to write, to sit by a fire and read, and to enjoy LOTS of quality family time.  Because even though I don’t have all the answers,  I am confident in God and His goodness.

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