Earlier this year I was blessed to go to a yoga retreat with Beyond Yoga in Franklin, TN. The entire weekend was focused on rest. The recommended reading was a book called “Sabbath” by Wayne Muller. The tagline- “Finding rest, renewal, and delight in our busy lives.” I brought my Real Simple latest issue with me, which just happened to be called “Relax and Recharge.” I read an article about the martyr complex- read the article here. Eye-opener! Then I was reading She Reads Truth and the chapter I read was about not worrying… Specifically about Matthew 6:26-30. This is usually referenced when people were worried about physical needs being met- clothes, shelter, etc. But the author put it in a whole new light for me- worrying about just being. The birds and flowers don’t fret or try, or strain to exist. They just rest in God, knowing He has created them to just be. He’s got them covered, they just need to rest in Him. Wow, what #truth.
There were many tears shed on my yoga mat that weekend. Many moments that I sat next to Jesus with my head in His lap, crying, terrified to confess, terrified to admit, terrified to let go… But He sat with me, holding me, saying, “I know. And you’re beautiful. You’re perfect, Morgan.”
Did you know that’s what God sees when He looks at you? Beauty! Perfection! (Not like you’re perfect, I mean let’s all get real, but perfect in that He made you just right!)
Tears were shed for fear, for doubt, for release.
The instructor, Keleah Anderson, talked about Elijah next to the dry brook. Elijah sat thinking this was it, that he’s done… yet, the next chapter he is on top of a mountain with 900 false prophets calling down fire with God. What?! Keleah said, “sometimes rest is not pretty. We think rest means green and blooming and comfort, but some of you are being called to rest in divorce, or cancer, or finding out your husband is having an affair… sometimes we’re called to rest by the dry brook because God has an agenda and if we do not rest by the dry brook we will not be prepared for the mountain top.”
How I cried. What bittersweet truth… that sometimes we’re called to rest in discomfort and heartache and disbelief and pain…
But you know what? Next comes the mountain top.
Trust the Father. Trust that He’s got you. Sometimes we are meant to rest in the pain, the ache, the brokenness. But He is there. He’s holding your hand. He’s stroking your hair. He is hurting with you. But He will see you through. And what’s even better, He will bring down fire with you. He will use you, your pain, your story to make a change. Rest in Him and know He’s got you.
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