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As I'm sitting in my car, watching squirrels run back and forth on the fence in front of me, I ponder the need for rest.

Squirrels are always jumpy. They never stop twitching. If they are still it's because they're trying not to be seen. But always hyper aware and always moving in some way.

I remember discovering such wonder at seeing a hummingbird sit still on a branch one day and thinking how often such a rare sight that is.

And it got me to thinking. God created rest, right?

Then shouldn't we as His children be known for taking rest as well?

I'm not talking about sitting on a couch watching tv kind of rest.

I'm talking about the rest that is only found in Psalm 23 where we're able to sit beside still waters and let the Lord restore our soul.

Yes, we are to be about the Lord business. But just as He worked during creation, He also took a day of rest.

He emphasizes the need for recharge, renewal, rest, and restoration.

And that only comes from Him.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31

"The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14

Have you been able to sit beside still waters in the presence of the Lord lately? Have you been restored?

A beautiful Corrie Ten Boom quote brings this into beautiful perspective:

"If you look at the world, you'll be distressed. If you look within, you'll be depressed. If you look at God, you'll be at rest."

Sit in the Lords presence and allow His presence to fill you afresh today.

~ Kissy Black

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