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A sense of peace came over me after the devotional “Worth the Wait” was posted.  The overwhelming sense of peace prompted a realization that it was okay to be in the “wait” season, because not only was God pruning me, He was also restoring me; He was allowing my soul to rest.

I often relied more on my own strength rather than God’s to fulfill the demands of my life, job, church, family, friends, schooling, etc.  Additionally, I sometimes said yes to activities because of others expectations rather than God’s expectations. Internally I tended to ruminate, reason, and was anxious and worried about the next phase in life instead of enjoying the current moment in time. 

The above-mentioned things were draining and depleted my soul and strength, and manifested as such in my attitude and health.   My soul needed rest and restoration.   If you are able to relate, then please know God is able to remedy the situation. 

As I surrendered, God began to lead me by the still waters and to restore my soul (Psalm 23:2-3; KJV).  I simply had to be okay about being in a season of resting and waiting — for the season was the best place for me to become emotionally, physically, and spiritually restored. 

We all have responsibilities which require our attention and activity. So for the sake of clarity, the rest being referred to is refreshment, restoration, and peace of the soul — the type of rest that is generated by being connected to the right Source (God and His Spirit), even when we are fulfilling our day-to-day responsibilities. 

God’s rest is about saying yes to His expectations of us and no to things, habits, people and activities that are contrary to His purpose, thus sapping our time and energy. God’s rest is trading our strength for His strength, for His power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9; NIV).  

Jesus stated, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29; NIV).  Rest is a sign of surrender and a time of restoration.  God’s restorative and refreshing presence is beckoning you and me. Whether we enter God’s Presence by using His Word, prayer, uplifting music, positive fellowship with others, nature, etc., let’s find rest in His Presence — for it is okay to rest in Him.

Veronique N. Walker, Ed.D.

Veronique N. Walker, Ed.D

It’s Okay to Rest

Psalm 23:1-3

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Matt. 6:33 (NKJV)