My shirt was drenched with sweat. It was supposed to be a friendly, Saturday morning get-together with some people from church, but this three-on-three basketball game was rough. I didn’t know all of the best players would show up.
We only played about an hour and a half, but it was still an hour and a half too long for my weary body. The bumps, jolts, slaps and body slams took their toll on me physically. I needed rest.
When we finished playing, I glanced around quickly for a place to sit. The bench looked so inviting. As I sat down, my legs quivering, I sighed deeply. Ahh!
Rest is such a wonderful thing. Rest from a rugged game of basketball. Rest from a long day at work. Rest from a hectic schedule of activities and commitments.
What about rest for your soul? Rest from the intrusive thoughts and fiery darts of the enemy? Rest from the tug of war between fear and faith?
When you wrestle with fearful thoughts, your mind grows weary. Your emotions are tossed about like a rowboat in a raging storm. Is there rest? Is there peace?
“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.” (Psalms 62:1)
There is a secret place where your soul can find rest. It’s not a physical place–it’s a place where your Father waits for you. A place where God will wrap his arms around you and hold you close. It’s a supernatural place.
In this place, there is an indescribable peace. A peace that no matter what happens, God is there with you with his arms embraced tightly around you.
Trust is the key that opens the door to the secret place–to the quiet place where your soul can find rest. Open up your heart for God’s loving embrace. He will keep you from harm, as long as you trust him.
Prayer: Father, my body, mind and soul are exhausted from daily battles. I have tried to find rest on my own, and yet I still feel drained. Help me to trust you more, unlocking the door to my heart, so that you can take me to that secret place of rest.