Thursday, December 20, 2012

Resting Places

I laid it down in silence,
This work of mine,
And took what had been sent me--
A resting time.
The Master's voice had called me
To rest apart;
"Apart with Jesus only,"
Echoed my heart.

I took the rest and stillness
From His own Hand,
And felt this present illness
Was what He planned.
How often we choose labor,
When He says "Rest"--
Our ways are blind and crooked;
His way is best.

The work Himself has given,
He will complete.
There may be other errands
For tired feet;
There may be other duties
For tired hands,
The present, is obedience
To His commands.

There is a blessed resting
In lying still,
In letting His hand mould us,
Just as He will.
His work must be completed.
His lesson set;
He is the higher Workman:
Do not forget!

It is not only "working."
We must be trained;
And Jesus "learnt" obedience,
Through suffering gained.
For us, His yoke is easy,
His burden light.
His discipline most needful,
And all is right.

We are but under-workmen;
They never choose
If this tool or if that one
Their hands shall use.
In working or in waiting
May we fulfill
Not ours at all, but only
The Master's will!
~ Stream in the Desert
As the new year approaches, I have been curiously quizzical in terms of what the Lord is doing in & through my life.  What appears to be a long pause is anything but.  Even so, I find sitting or stillness very, very difficult.  I always have.  Thus I lean harder into His word, knowing full well that His ways are not mine; His will superior to anything I might conjure. 
Peace, be still ... and know ...  
Purposeful isolation with Jesus allows me to live
more peacefully with his population.


elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I now appreciate the restful pauses. I now realize how very much I need them.

May the present of God's presence be your comfort as you move into a new year. Merry Christmas, friend.


Denise said...

Have a beautiful Christmas, love you.

Deborah Ann said...

Sometimes it seems selfish to just rest, but yet Jesus taught us that Mary's devotion of resting at His feet was better than Martha's ministry. Good stuff!

Just a little something from Judy said...

Restful pauses are not natural to me, but these same pauses continue to cause me to rest on Him who knows all. Great post! It spoke to me today.

Patrina's Pencil said...

I needed this reminder...

blessings for the new year

Patrina <")>><