It has now been almost a couple weeks of refreshing time with the Lord, and already there are some trends I have noticed.
Each summer, we take a month off from our regular meetings and focus on things other than the preparation of a Sunday service. We stop. We take a step back and just like the Lord initiated when He finished creation, we rest.
There is a place to rest from our “work” not to simply to cross our arms and eat candies and let ourselves go. It is more like a farmer who has spent the beginning of the year planting seeds, and preparing his fields for the coming harvest, he rests from the sowing and prepares his barns with anticipation for a return of his investment in the field. He can now rest with the expectation that what he has planted, the Lord will start His work to cause the seeds to grow and sprout. Does the farmer stop and spend the next few months at the beach, drinking and waiting for something to happen, or does he get his farm ready for the next season coming?
There is a place where we can experience a level of trust and let the Lord take over all that we have faithfully worked at. It feels so wrong to rest because we assume the busier we are the more we are going to impress the Lord and in return He will bless us more. But the reality is simply that God is pleased when we have faith and when we trust Him to grow what we have sowed. Busy isn’t always good, especially when being busy slowly cuts us off from a relational experience of God outside of what we can do for Him.
There is so much more to say but let’s get back to the main point.
It’s been two weeks now that we haven’t had a Sunday service, and my goal was to just sit in His presence and enjoy Him. Well, guess what? Even though there isn’t much to do for the building and the church, I found myself being so busy with things outside of the ordinary. Insurance, problems, bank problems, HOA problems, kids not sleeping well etc… On top of that; the time set apart for him is now being devoured by things unplanned. You can talk about raining on your agenda.
But, I realized that intimacy with Him is a threat to the enemy. It is dangerous to fall in Love with God not for what you do for Him or what He can do for you, but simply for who He is. Resting from our work to enjoy Him is one of the most sacred moments we can have with Him. It builds a deeper trust in who He is rather than in our own ability to control our lives.
The second trend I have noticed is that in the midst of all the unusual happenings, I have felt His love towards me like I haven’t felt before in my life. I find myself just thinking about Him and my eyes well up with tears and this inexplicable, overwhelming feeling of His love for me.
The bottom line is very easy; give Him your busyness and enjoy Him despite your busyness and the constant assailments of the enemy to derail your plans.