Recently I was browsing around some old files on my computer and found a message I wrote for the children’s time at church a few years ago.
It’s a message that’s as important—and perhaps more important—for adults as it is for children, so I’m sharing it with you now.
Be Still and Rest
Who likes to go outside play? Do you like to run around on the grass? What about swimming? Who likes to swim? And to play in the water?
God made the grass and the water and everything else in the world, and He wants us to enjoy them and to have fun.
But God also wants us to have quiet time that we spend with Him.
This morning, the pastor is going to be talking about the second verse of Psalm 23, which says,
“He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.”
What this verse is telling us is that God wants us to be still and rest. Not all the time, of course, but we need to spend some time resting every day. So sometimes, instead of running around on the grass and splashing in the water, we need to be still and let God refresh us.
It’s the way God made us. All God’s creatures need sleep to be healthy. If you have a dog or cat, you know that they take naps during the day. And some of you probably take naps. And we all sleep at night, right?
The next time you lie down, whether it’s this afternoon for a nap or tonight when you’re going to bed, get very still and quiet. Think about being in a pretty pasture next to a pond. And as you’re falling asleep, remember that God wants you to rest so that you’ll have plenty of energy when you wake up.
Thank you for all the wonderful things that You have made. And thank You for the gift of rest so that we will have energy every day to do Your will.
In Jesus’ name we pray,
She is the author of Words to Work By: 31 devotions for the workplace based on the Book of Proverbs and Finding Joy in the Morning: You can make it through the night. She is also the co-creator of several coloring books for adults.
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