“Like a contented child who rests on its mother’s lap, I’m your resting child and my soul is content in you. O people of God, your time has come to quietly trust, waiting upon the Lord now and forever.”
The image of the child who is overcome with weariness or distress knowing that all will become well as they climb onto the lap and into the arms of a loving parent is a powerful and evocative one.
We are all experiencing a place of weariness post 2020.
The peace and rest we yearn is only found in The Lord.
We feel as if we have been under attack and like spinning tops are still reeling with confusion and disquiet and disruption.
As exhausted people who have been under the pressure of being driven we may turn to media or social media when we relax and find at the moment when our guard is down we become more irritated by the attack and less rested.
We are in need of a space, a gap in life to lay down on God’s lap to recover and rebalance.
The place where there is no need to pretend or suppress.
Allow God to remove the burden we impose on ourselves to perform, to keep up, to live up to expectations.
The enemy loves to make us weary, frustrated and confused.
Capture these and cast them away.
Allow God to dwell in our mind and to make His thoughts ours.
I recall being wisely quoted :
“I cannot afford to have one thought in my mind which is not His.”
Nothing which causes anxiety comes from God.
Nothing that undervalues self worth.
Sometimes to look for the area in which you are energised, brilliant in and which you love brings to light the very gift that God has put in us and we are meant for.
We will shine in what God has put in us to display the splendour of God in the body of Christ.
It may guide us towards what to put down and what to pick up and pursue.
To release our joy peace and rest in life.
In that place of comfort and rest in God we might ask the questions and wait on the answer unique to us:
What was I born to do?
What will I shine in ?
Where do I sparkle?
“So now wrap your heart tightly around the hope that lives within us, knowing that God always keeps his promises!”
The illustration shows us resting within the Heart of the Lord, Comforted as on a parents lap. The place where darkness and fear vanishes and “all is well with my heart”.
Three scriptures that come to mind:
“So now wrap your heart tightly around the hope that lives within us, knowing that God always keeps his promises!”Hebrews 10:23 TPT
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”Lamentations 3:22-26 ESV
“Lord, my heart is meek before you. I don’t consider myself better than others. I’m content to not pursue matters that are over my head— such as your complex mysteries and wonders— that I’m not yet ready to understand. I am humbled and quieted in your presence. Like a contented child who rests on its mother’s lap, I’m your resting child and my soul is content in you. O people of God, your time has come to quietly trust, waiting upon the Lord now and forever.”Psalms 131:1-3 TPT
The song. Look Up Child. Lauren Daigle