I have a picture above my desk, that was a gift from one of my daughter's, from her wedding, in which she put a picture of her as a child sleeping on my chest. How I remember that day, as a father raising his young children, and taking the time to be still with them. I loved it, for those special closeness moments seemed to block out all doubt and fear and anxiety, and became a place of secure rest for the child. I am reminded of Psalm 131 which says: "Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I do not get involved with things too great or too difficult for me. Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself like a little weaned child with its mother; I am like a little child." Ps. 131:1-2 You see, as much as holding my children in my lap and letting them feel secure and comforted from resting on me, becomes a very special time, I believe that our Lord wants the same thing from all of us. A time to rest on Him, and in Him. A time to feel the security of being in the arms of a loving Father. The psalmist, David, was writing about Israel, and the hope they should have in the Lord. But we must realize that we are all part of His family, and He is a big God, who takes pleasure in one on one time with each of us. He is never too busy. Think honestly about the rare times when you just rested in Jesus. Do you have any? He wants us to be busy, but never too busy to stop and ponder His majesty. Never too busy to stop and listen to His comforting words. Like a child at rest on his daddy's knee, he fills our soul completely when we seek His closeness for comfort. Are you struggling today? Perhaps with that chronic illness, or that financial matter, or a broken relationship. Maybe you feel like you are all alone in the world. If so, take a little time and crawl up into the Lap of the Father, and read the Word, for there you will hear Him speak comforting words to your heart, and you will find rest. We are all children to our heavenly Father, and He will comfort us as we take the time to rest in Him today.
Lord, I pray for my dear brothers and sisters, who struggle with finding Your peace. I pray that You will lift them up and let them see Your glory. I pray for peace for them in the midst of whatever storm they are going through. I pray for Kim, who just had surgery, Please give her comfort. I pray for JT that you will give him rest, and for Carolyn, who can't seem to feel You near. Please show her Your glory. I pray for Mike S., who has trusted in You and sees Your glory and You have given him a special plan for his life. May he see that today. I pray for the elderly: Rheba, Harriet, Ada, Peggy, who all are resting in You. I pray for myself, that I too, will rest, as I pray the same for my dear friend, who needs to just rest in You. Please comfort today, for I pray this in Jesus name.