When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.2 Kings 6:15-17 ESV
Do you ever feel like you’re in the middle of a whirlwind? That’s how I’ve been feeling, especially with a cold and a less than functioning hand. Even with Thanksgiving over and Christmas weeks away, I feel weary. My plate is already full of Cyber Monday shopping, fitting in doctor’s appointments before the end of the year, physical therapy exercises, social get-togethers, and completing writing courses. One of the drawbacks of having a large family is I have 18 people to shop for, for Christmas, not to mention my two dogs. Oh, and we’re having our hot tub installed in 2 weeks. Whew! Where can I find some rest?
I chose this scripture because sometimes we look around us and see all the things we need to do and get caught up in the panic of it. Like Elisha’s servant we don’t see the heavenly forces ready and able to keep the peace.
My favorite reminder of God’s provision of peace and rest in the midst of trials is Psalm 23.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: And I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.Psalm 23:1-6 KJV
I’ve only understood the significance of the table a few years ago. It is a reminder to me to take time out of the battle and sit down with God, partaking in the bounty of his mercy, his grace, his provision, his protection, his presence—you name it—he’s served it up on a platter.
We have a choice to make. The table is set. Will you choose to come, sit, and eat—maybe have a nice conversation to boot? Will I? Do you need some more encouragement? Here’s another verse that shares God’s heart.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”Matthew 11:28 NLT
I pray in this hectic season that you will find Jesus waiting in the eye of the storm. That you will partake of his rest and his sustenance. May God reveal the bountiful blessings he has prepared for you.
Grace & Peace,