resting. (whilst roaming through ruth).

I pulled a Beth Moore and slept with my head on my open Bible the other night.

If that sounds strange to you, don’t worry, it sounds strange to me too.

I’m not quite sure how to explain it, except that it had been a bear of a day and I wasn’t sure I was going to survive the night if I lost sight of God’s word.

I had it opened to Exodus 14:14, “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.” 

Which is my favorite verse in the whole Bible. I am not sure if I’ve ever said that on this blog, but it is. It is my anthem more often than any other verse in the Bible.

It seemed appropriate to sleep on because I felt like there was a battle raging in my world and sleeping seemed so counter-productive to fighting all that needed to be fought for. But sleeping on the fact that the Lord commands I be still and allow Him to fight on my behalf, seemed like the best possible solution.

In the midst of a long series on Ruth and Boaz and Naomi, this doesn’t especially relate to any of them, except that I think you are more willing to do seemingly crazy things (i.e. sneak into a strange man’s bed, offer the woman you love to a man who doesn’t even know he has a claim on her…shall I go on?) when you are resting on the One who is fighting on your behalf.

I am more willing to do seemingly crazy things when I am resting on the one who is fighting on my behalf.

Like sleep while a battle is raging.

Like sleeping with my head on an open Bible and resting on the belief that His word alone is more powerful that even my toughest fight.

it is impossibly counter intuitive to rest when the world demands work, but that is why the prelude to the rest is trust.

There is no way to rest unless you trust the one who is fighting on your behalf.

Rest on the trust you have in your greatest Champion.




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