Thursday, October 20, 2011

Rest for the weary

It feels so good to be moved in and out of transition. Like indescribably refreshing, invigorating and life giving.

It's as though our sanity, social life, spiritual health, marriage, and well-being are all flooding back on us in new ways.

It feels like we are finally stopping for more than a few days or week at a time and can really throw down some roots to call home. Since January we've been on the run, on the move and never resting long.

First we moved into the country and transitioned Ryan into a new job, transitioned me back into school, adjusted to married life in America, transitioned me out of school and into support raising, and finally I began a new job all the while we were house shopping. {cringe.}

Even reflecting back it looks muddy and painful because we were growing and being stretched in uncomfortable and new ways. We were impatient and ungrateful, unhealthy and selfish a lot of the time. The last few months have been overwhelmingly tense, tired and increasingly desperate for the voice of God.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

Matthew 11:28

Ryan and I were talking the other day about how to be holistically healthy even when our circumstances are less than ideal. Are we only called to a healthy marriage when our lives are easy? Or only called to love people when our time is abundant? Or are we only able to have quiet time with the Lord when our schedules sync perfectly? Or to have date nights when nothing else demands our time? Uh....no.

Luckily God is one who values holistic health, who desires we thrive and know Him more. Jesus spent time alone with his Father (John 6:22), enjoyed a social life (John 2:2), had a vibrant ministry (Luke 3:23), loved people and poured out into them (John 13:23) and labored hard when it was time to work (John 5 :17). What a model of health and one that we desire to mirror in our lives. Jesus was the man!

God asks us to be dependent on Him despite the circumstances or ease or willingness. In the midst of our last crazy 10 months, though we often failed, God desired to enter into that messiness with us and give us capability. We hope to reflect and evaluate the last season but joyfully welcome the new!

What we're grateful for is this: learning from failures, growing from difficulties, breathing deeply into new seasons, coming humbly to the feet of Jesus for renewal, and the restoration of life offered minute by minute from the Savior.

Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security.

Jeremiah 33:6

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