You may have noticed that I took a summer sabbatical from writing. Honestly, last spring brought some unexpected challenges for me and my family and I found myself entering into summer feeling a bit depleted and definitely in need of some soul tending. So, I decided to take a step back from a few things, dig into His Word, and focus my energy on my family and the day to day flow of summer. Crazy, right? How often do we allow God to grab our attention and listen to His voice when He instructs us to take a break, take a deep breath and get back to the basics?
I have been reminded this summer of the importance of finding restoration in the stillness of God. And I realized that often we allow the business of involvements and life in general to keep us on the surface, placing band aids on things in life that require a little deeper healing. In the process, we keep God at arms length; instead of allowing Him to lean in and tend to our needs.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. Psalms 23:1-3 ESV
Did you notice the language here in this Psalm? He makes me lie down. He leads me beside still waters. Then, He restores my soul. What a lesson God is giving us here! When was the last time you took a step back and intentionally laid down and allowed your Father to tend to and restore your soul? Or are you allowing the day to day business of life to continue to deplete and chip away at your soul?
Take a break today and allow God to speak to you. He will lead you. He will restore you. He will tend to your every need. You see…
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalms 23:6 ESV