Isaiah 30:15 says, “For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.”
For years I was one who “would not”, not so much as a matter of rebellion but because I never truly learned how to rest and probably wasn’t convinced I truly needed it. Besides, rest doesn’t just come to you; it’s something you have to work to achieve (Hebrews 4:11), and I figured I had enough work to do, lol. I’m older now, and growing tired, and taking a closer look at the ways I spend my time. I’ve come to realize that rest does not necessarily mean (as I’d reasoned) the opposite of productivity, it does not equate to “wasting time” (which I view as precious–remember it was the biggest word in my Wordle!!!).
Anyway what got me thinking about all of this is the fact that tomorrow this nation is going to get what it’s clamoring for–change. He is not my candidate of choice and he will change the very fabric of this country. I’ve been told that some have called him the Messiah and have shared how they “came to” him, which has some Christians shaking in their shoes.
We are living in what the Chinese would call “interesting times.” They are definitely that and more! Many Bible scholars believe we are in the end times as well. I remember when I was younger fearing those dreaded days of persecution and hardship and steering clear of books like Revelation and Daniel because they scared me. The “end times” seemed so far away, and certainly couldn’t happen in my lifetime. What on earth could possibly bring the world together anyway? And certainly American could never turn against Israel, could it? As events are unfolding it becomes clearer and clearer how the world stage is being set for the big showdown.
But I’m not worried (which was my usual bent). I’ve been experiencing a peace these past few months that is truly inexplicable and must certainly be related to that rest mentioned above. Not sure when or how it happened but I do know it comes from God and I don’t ever want to leave this place! Some might be tempted to think all I’ve done is retreated inside a safe little bubble. If that were the case I would never turn on the news or listen to the radio or read the papers or Internet. I wouldn’t follow what’s going on, nor would I subject myself to reading at lot of the political discussion over at Eratosphere’s General Talk which is, despite my place of rest, quite a painful experience. I guess it boils down to faith, the faith that God is in complete control and everything is going according to plan. And that plan culminates in my seeing Jesus face to face. Even so… :)