So here we are — rounding up the first full term of school, finishing up the first quarter of a brand new year, gearing up for the joyful time away ahead, and Kathy Troccoli—- she’s singing this song, beckoning me to pause and praise, inviting me to stop and drink, comforting me to trust and rest.
I want to dance with her. Sway slow to her song.
Sing soft that melody of faith, and take His hand outstretched into mine and dance the blues away.
Dance to the rhythm of trust. Move with that beat of faith.
I’m a slow learner and i’m drinking full this revelation afresh. It’s a full cycle I learn — this cycle of trust and rest.
And i find myself slowly, so timidly, saying Yes to this music of the satisfied soul.
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10)
Work and rest – aren’t they two sides of the same coin?
Life, isn’t it best lived when you drink up and pour out, because it’s only filled when it’s emptied out to God to then be filled up by Him…
Never feeling afraid that we might be left hopeless, powerless, spent and strained by the stressors of life…because though life may feel all sliced up, and though time may spin itself busy, though you may feel like you’re bracing through the tears, you’ll never burnt out, you’ll never run dry, you’ll never be low, when your cistern’s full and brimming with God Himself.
I’m learning it steady – it is a meeting with God to trust, and a giving away to others in rest.
This is our true work – to simply trust in God.
Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” (John 6:29)
To trust Him enough to know that He will fulfil His word, to believe enough that He will be true in who He says He is, to commit ourselves simply because He says that He is able to do what He says He will do— then we will be able to truly work – while resting from the need to strive, from the insecurity to be, from the hunger to produce.
True Trust giving place to True Work.
Full Trust birthing forth Fruitful Work.
This complete circle of trusting and resting, of abiding and working – is the way to truly bear much fruit and produce the joy our hearts desire.
I see me – ever so faintly, a reflection on the sparkling water at the lake, only as I’m still. My slightest movement, my weakest effort, they create ripples, breaking away my own ability to see.
And so I see – here we are – coming back into that full cycle of trust and rest, entering into this new rhythm of seeing.
Because it is in seeing Him, that things around us become crystal clear.
And I’m beginning to see Him – in the mundane and the everyday moments of life, in the wonder and the noise of family living. I sense Him, in the whisper of a child lullabied to sleep, in the company of little children learning their maths, in the wonder of little hearts listening to stories.
Because the truth is that, He holds a fascination our eyes can’t deny. And He offers us a sense of destiny our minds can’t comprehend. We read about Him – and how they vouched for His historical existence – our hearts too testify to His presence living within.
He is alive today, in our life, in our home, in our work, in our broken world and our messy hearts. And when we invite Him in, and lift hands up in surrender, He invites us back, to find a complete rest for our soul, in all things imperfect and unfinished.