One thing to remember when you feel life is too fast (or what God is teaching me as I rest)

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But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” So although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, he stayed where he was for the next two days. Finally, he said to his disciples, “Let’s go back to Judea.” John 11:4-6 (NLT)

I've been forced to rest recently. 

We moved to the country from the city, we are staying with my parents while we wait for our place to finish being renovated, and my main client halved the hours I work with them due to financial issues.

Life is slower where we live now. That’s the main reason we moved because we wanted to live a slower life. Living with someone else generates less work: there aren’t constant projects to fix in the house. 

Then my employer has opened up half of my week. My instinct is to rush out and find more clients.  From time-to-time, my husband asks me, “What do I want to do the extra time I have on my hands?”

I've been thinking about it, praying about it, especially in light of the two prayer focuses I have for this year: “Disturb me, Lord”, and "If you have put this place in my road to change me, please open my eyes so that I can see."

Each time I'm feeling the words: rest, stay, be still.

And it's hard for me. 

I want to do the next thing but it's like Gods hand is sitting softly on my shoulder restraining me, begging me to stay, and watch lest I miss out on what he is about to do, in case I stop looking and fail to see his glory pass by. 

Recently, someone pointed out to me how Jesus never ran anywhere. Jesus is invited to a funeral and he arrives four days after his friend is buried. 

Maybe God doesn't want me to rush to a friend, (or the next thing), rather maybe God wants his glory to be visible through me; through his timing.

I'm always in a rush, always getting to the next thing but I'm learning that maybe the waiting is the purpose of Gods plan, the tool that he uses to craft me into something he can use. 

So I wait for God.

And I rest in the light pressure on my shoulder.

Wait. Rest. Look for his glory to appear.

Ponder: What areas of your life do you sense God is wanting you to slow down in? 

Prayer: Lord, help me to be still with you so you can use me to share your glory. (tweet this)

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