Receive Rest

“So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4‬:‭14‬-‭15‬ ‭NLT‬‬

As I sit in my quiet time chair, which has become a faithful friend waiting daily for me to arrive; I place my hands open.

I’m learning again how to open clinched fingers. I’m learning again (in a deeper way I think) to trust God with all the ones I love and all I want for them.

I’ve held onto my warm cup of coffee, clinched close to my heart as if I could hold each person in a hug from afar.

Now it’s time to put the mug down and open my hands to Jesus. He whispers in this quiet place the instructions I need. Simple words.

I whisper, “I’m here.” And wait. Minutes go by and I try to silence the whirling anxious thoughts of him and her and their family, and us. Finally His presence causes me to set the mug aside and open clinched fingers.

I receive His presence.

I receive His embrace of love.

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4‬:‭16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I sit as the dawning light emerges and it shines upon the western mountains. I give each dear one into His hands. I receive His peace in exchange. Once I’ve released the chaos of trying to imagine a solution for every situation, I have room to receive.

I receive His rest.

I receive His embrace.

“So God set another time for entering His rest, and that time is today. God announced this through David much later in the words already quoted: “Today when you hear His voice, don’t harden your hearts.””
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4‬:‭7‬

Eyes on Jesus and Shine,


Today I’ve participated in a Five Minute Friday writing prompt sponsored by Kate Motaung.

The word for today is RECEIVE. I set my timer for 5 minutes and these are the words that have come to create a thought. I’m encouraged. And I hope you are encouraged in Jesus as well.