This last weekend I was blessed beyond measure by attending the first ever Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Bible Study women’s retreat – so exciting!! My spirit found abundant joy and rest there as we learned about dancing to the rhythm of our dreams! But then on Monday, like everyone else, I awoke to a new rhythm. My daughter, who had acquired the habit of sleeping in till at least 9am everyday this summer, has suddenly decided early morning rising is her thing, and so now I have found myself rather abruptly going from abundant quiet and rest in the Lord in the morning, to NO morning quiet and rest in the Lord – yikees!
The adjustment has been rough to say the least, but thank the Lord that this Monday also marked the beginning of #TheBestYes P31 Online Bible Study, in which the overall message has been “un-rush me.” Boy do I ever need to hear those words this week because finding myself without my usual morning quiet time with the Lord has left me feeling rather rushed and, I don’t know about you, but I can COMPLETELY relate to Lysa TerKeurst’s words about not liking who she becomes in all the rush! Oh yeah, guilty! Nothing like a whole lot of rush to bring out my weaknesses for all the world to see!! Can you relate?
Well, this morning being day three of being greeted at O’ Dark Thirty with my daughter’s exuberance, I just knew I couldn’t possibly go one more day without my morning God time, so I did the thing all good moms do, and I turned to my ever so trusty last minute resort baby sitter – the T.V. . . . O.K, O.K., I know that’s not the “good mom” thing to do, but then neither is going about in a frenzied rush all day, giving her my less than best! . . . sigh. Yes, sometimes drastic times call for drastic measures . . . or something like that 😉 Anyway, back to my morning time . . .
Being that I was now two days behind in my study that just started, I was ever so tempted to just jump right in and rush through reading the first two chapters, but since I had literally just finished blogging on this very topic, I resisted the urge and instead applied my tip #1 for getting more out of a Bible/book study (if you missed that blog, click HERE so you know what I’m referring to). And then I applied tip #2 (which I will share HERE with you tomorrow), and boy oh boy am I so incredibly glad I un-rushed my Bible study time because God met me right where I was at with His incredible truth and comfort! Check out the verses Lysa refers to in chapter 2 of The Best Yes . . .
“This is what the sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” –Isaiah 30:15
I have to just stop right there for a minute before continuing with the rest of the verses to say OUCH! Like seriously, that one hit me upside the head today!! Um, do I want salvation? Yes, please, save me from my mess! Do I want strength? Double yes!! If I’m not going to be “saved” from my mess right now, then please do at least give me strength to endure Lord! The problem is, when I rush I begin acting in ways that, well, to put it nicely, require a bit of repentance. Why? Because: there is no rest in rush; there is no quiet in rush; and there is certainly no trust placed in God in all my rushing about! Sheesh, no wonder I become so weak when rush becomes the rhythm of my days!
Next verses . . .
“You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’ Therefore you will flee! You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’ Therefore your pursuers will be swift! A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you will all flee away, till you are left like a flagstaff on a mountain top, like a banner on a hill.” –Isaiah 30:16-17
OUCH AGAIN! But don’t we do this?! Don’t we let ourselves “flee on horses” allowing the demands of this world to carry us swiftly away from the sanctuary of rest we have available to us in the Lord? And we go, and we gallop, until suddenly, there we find ourselves atop that mountainous mess we’ve created, being tossed about violently by the wind, wondering, “where, or where are you Lord?! Why. Am. I. So. Alone?!!”
“Slow down Katrina . . . Repent of all your rush . . . Rest and seek His quietness . . . Trust in HIM with your time. THEN you will be strengthened in Him in ALL that you need to accomplish,” comes the whispers of His Spirit upon the wind, grazing over my tired out soul . . . “Unrusssshhhh.”
Next verses . . .
“Yet,” (oh my goodness gracious, thank you Lord there’s a yet!), “Yet, the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion, for the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.” –Isaiah 30:18-19
Wow, wow, and WOW! Our God is so very gracious. I am just in awe of His graciousness. In all our sinfulness, in all our rushing about and abandoning of His will and Word, He LONGS for us. Like really, He longs for us? Yes, He longs to be gracious and compassionate to us . . . oh so unworthy . . .
Quick side note here: when someone dear to you is in too much of a rush to stop and pay attention to you, how do you feel? How do you react? Do you long for them? Are you gracious and compassionate towards them? Just a thought the Spirit pricked
me with today . . .
Next verses . . .
“Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the way of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’ Then you will defile your idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold” (you know, all those truly worthless worldly things we cling to and all too often prioritize over God in our rush? -Yeah, those.); “you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, ‘Away with you!’” –Isaiah 30:20-22
Isn’t God just soooo good?! We misbehave and yet He is still SO faithful that He sends us a great big Spirit hug through the truth of His Word. Yep, in all our rush we go off to the races with, He takes it and responds with His gracious compassion! He answers our cry with His unending love!! And then, because He loves us so much, He uses our disobedience to TEACH us: “your teachers will be hidden no more, with your own eyes you will see them,” and to REDIRECT us: “this is the way; walk in it,” so that we will finally cast aside our worldly idols, all our rushing about, and un-rush and rest in Him.
Thank you, Lord, for your faithfulness, and for your timely Word today. May we all un-rush and seek your quiet, obediently resting and trusting in you. In Jesus name, amen.
*Do you need to un-rush and re-commit to resting in the Lord? Why not consider joining in for The Best Yes P31 Ministries Online Bible Study? Consider this your personal invitation from God – your spirit hug drawing you back into His grace and compassion. He’d love to meet you in that awaited embrace. He longs for it. He longs for YOU! Don’t let this continue to be you . . .
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