A Perfect Rest and Refuge

By Sarah Nelson

 “He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.  On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.  Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.”   Psalm 62:6-8

My husband and I were hoping and dreaming about taking what we deemed to be a much needed family vacation.  Along came reality, and told us that plan wouldn’t be happening any time soon.  We both were disappointed as we were feeling tired and in need of refreshment and relaxation.   As I poured out my feelings to the Lord, He brought the verses from Psalm 62 to my mind and heart.  God is my REST and He is my REFUGE.  This position of rest can’t be found in a sunny resort.  It can’t be purchased on a travel website.  In fact, this position of knowing God as our rest and refuge is available to all of us, no matter where our physical location is.

Although we don’t have the resources to book a week away from the everyday trials and activities that require much of our energy and time, we ARE able to find rest and refuge for our soul.  If you like us, are feeling weary today, and maybe even discouraged, spend some time with the Lord as you read through all of Psalm 62.   It is a wonderful certainty that we can “hide out” in the refuge of God’s love and protection no matter where we are.  He is our rock, our refuge, our fortress, every day of the year, and in every situation we find ourselves in this day.

Into the Air Conditioning

By Sarah Langness

It’s been really hot out lately. Really hot. But I probably don’t need to tell you that. Despite the heat, my little man and I still spend much of our day outdoors: going on our morning walk, Zeke pushing his little umbrella stroller up and down the driveway, digging in the dirt, playing in little backyard pool, going to the park, visiting the neighbor’s dog. When I’m in the heat, there are moments when I realize how incredibly warm it is outside; but a lot of the time, I get used to the heat. Until we come inside. And that initial, wonderful sensation of air conditioning reminds me of just how warm I am.

Last week, I wrote about how I felt like I was in this spiritual rut. It’s like being outside when it’s hot: there are moments when I realize just how stuck I am; but a lot of the time, it’s easy to get used to being in that rut.

And this week, I’ve stepped into the air conditioning.

I’ve been refreshed as I have slowly read through barely a chapter in Luke a day. Some mornings I’ve only gotten a handful of verses read before the little man is up and it’s time to cuddle while reading books for 30 minutes. Other mornings, I’ve gotten an entire chapter read – but not just read, I’ve actually let the Word sink into my heart, let Him work. And it has been a blessing.

I can’t tell you anything earth-shattering that I’ve read. I can’t tell you that I’ve had any “I-never-realized-this-before” moments. I can’t tell you that reading through the book of Luke now is like reading it through for the first time.

But I have been reminded.

Reminded of what Jesus expects of His followers (Luke 6:32-35). Reminded that Jesus desires me to hear and to do (Luke 6:46,8:21). Reminded that Jesus doesn’t always send us far away to tell others about the wonderful things that He has done for us (Luke 8:39).

And being reminded? It’s good. I need reminders. Lots of reminders.

So next time I’m out in the heat, when I’m stuck in the rut – because, unfortunately, these air-conditioned, refreshing times never last forever – I’m going to remember to step out of the heat. Slow down a little bit. Get an extra nap. Sit down with the Word. Pray for the revived heart.

And always, always always cling to Him. Because He never changes