Thursday, March 24, 2011

Untangle Me, Lord

"And the arms that hold the universe, are holding you tonight, You can rest inside, It's gonna be alright, And the voice that calmed the raging sea, Is calling you His child, So be still and know He's in control, He will never let you go" The Arms That Hold The Universe- 33mile/Fee

This song played on the radio this morning when I was on my way to work. I thought, "How perfect for the Faith Barista Jam".

Emotional rest/unrest is sometimes hard to understand. There are many times that it comes as a sneak attack, but it is unmistakenable when you are in the throws of emotional unrest.

Believe me when I say I KNOW this unrest. I am ashamed to admit it, but I think I'm more familiar with unrest than I am emotional rest.

Emotional rest comes when I let go. I have to let go of the stress, the control * I think I have*, the burdens, and the fear. It means lay it at my Savior's feet and I rest.

I rest, not because my situation has changed, but because I can't carry the weight.

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:6-7

I can find rest because He cares, and I know He genuinely understands.

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sumpathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:15-16

In light of Him, all the tangled emotions begin to untangle.

Emotional rest is easy. I make it hard. Too many times it takes fatigue and emotional exaustion to cause me to go to the throne.

But there is always grace, mercy, and a tender Savior waiting for me when I "lose" it.

"the arms that hold the universe, are holding you tonight."

In His Name,

Jennifer

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4 comments:

Sheryl said...

Lovely. I think you're so right---it's realizing that God is the one in control that allows me to experience his rest.

Donna said...

So rest-filled are your words here. Thank you.

Jennifer said...

Sheryl and Donna, thanks so much for your sweet words!

Courtney said...

Oh girl...exactly. I'm with you - it's easy, but I make rest difficult. I don't get still and listen, even when I've stopped moving and not engaged in technology. It's letting go.
I was watching "Eat, Pray, Love" the other night, not exactly a great movie, but there's a line that resonates and reminded me of both of us: "You're right, you don't need a man. You need a champion."
It hit me how spot-on that description of our Bridegroom truly is. He's our Champion.