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When I first gave my life to Jesus I noticed how the Holy Spirit revealed new things to me each week. God peeled me back like an onion. I saw it so clearly. Just as I’d master one thing he’d convict me of the next thing that needed his transforming hand.
That same God, Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday today and forever, continues to peel me back today, 20 years on. The layers seem thinner now but they can be more stubborn to remove. Sometimes they break apart and have to be painstakingly removed piece by piece.
‘Rest in God’ is a broken layer for me. My earthly nature is workaholic. I’ve had to discover how to wait on God, how be filled with the presence of God, how to meditate on scripture, how to allow the fruit of the spirit to grow in new and difficult conditions (sometimes I’ve felt like a space man trying to grow patience trees on Mars.) I’ve had to forgive God and my children for waking me up and my husband for not waking up. I’ve had to learn how to believe, truly believe, that real ‘bedlike’ rest is available to me in God, (not just a spiritual rest or the rest after you die kind of rest).
The process of receiving rest from God was a massive opportunity for me to increase my belief in what God can do here and now on this earth in any situation. We just have to ask.
James 1:6 says,
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
Matthew 21:22 says,
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
Mark 11:24-25 says,
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you have asked for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
John 14:13 says,
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
Matthew 18:19 says,
Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.
I realised if I could ask God to give me rest and he could give it to me without sleep then nothing was impossible.
It has opened up my mind to what I can ask from the Father. He wants good things for us.
Seeing God’s answer when I asked for such a big thing has encouraged me to ask for the little things more often. Things I would never have bothered God for before. Things I, in my pride, would hold back from asking but God, in his kindness, would not hold back from giving, like good parking spots, recipe ideas and where I left my keys.
The other day I realised that this kind of believing for little things rubs off on my kids and they naturally take it on to the big things. The other week when I was very unwell, I had coughing fits during which I couldn’t take a breath. I’d fall to my knees, break out in a sweat, tears streaming from my eyes. One time it lasted over a minute, the not breathing.
What I didn’t know until later was, that in that minute, my daughter had all the kids she could muster sitting in a quiet circle, in the next room, praying for me to take a breath.
And I did.
Be encouraged to ‘Believe my God Can!’ today. Believe for yourself, believe for others! Be blessed when God does it, and be assured, while you wait for Him to do it, He is with you.
Lots of love,
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