We all need some time to ourselves, and by early May, I was at a point that it was no longer a nice wish, but a need. My grandmother passed away in April, and the weeks that followed were so much more difficult than I could have ever imagined. By the end of April, I told my husband, “I know we need some time for us, but I need time for me.” My husband knew how difficult Gran’s passing was, so he said, “Go.”
Driving by myself is one of my favorite times to pray. It’s uninterrupted time and I talk to God like He is physically sitting there beside me. I cried nearly the entire drive and poured my heart out to Him.
I had rented a little cottage on a farm. The proprietors grew fruits and vegetables, and raised sheep. When I got settled, I asked God to show me a word for the weekend. He showed me: Psalm 23.
I have to be honest; I was a little freaked out at first. Psalm 23 is also known as “the Psalm they always read at funerals.” Was this a sign about my own mortality? Yes, my imagination runs wild some times. But then I read it, line by line.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
I had definitely been walking through the valley of the shadow of death. I realized for the first time that this verse does not necessarily mean my own death, but it also applies for the passing of those we love. Even during the most difficult times in our lives, God is there, wanting to comfort us.
As women, we have many roles to play: wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, employee, volunteer, the list could go on and on. Our lives are so busy, even Sundays are no longer a day of rest, but rather a day of going to church or visiting family and friends, and by the end of the day, you’re just happy to be home so you can go to bed. What if we slowed down a bit? What if we changed things and didn’t spend most of our time in our cars on Sundays? What if we really spent Sundays as the Sabbath?
Most of us keep going until we either hit a wall or face a crisis, and only then do we slow down, which is exactly what we should do in those situations. We need to be gentle with ourselves during those seasons. I think that is what God was showing me during my weekend away. But I don’t think the lesson is just for this season, either. I think God is saying that He wants to spend quiet time with us. He wants us to rest in Him. Like sheep, we need to spend time with the Shepherd to be fed, to be cared for and to be made ready to join the rest of the flock.
Are you resting in the Lord? If life is too busy, I encourage you to take some time to read Psalm 23 and ask God to show you how to take time out to rest.
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