I guess each of us could use a respite from the constant bad news, changing news, and conflicting news that is everywhere during this pandemic. But what is relay really and where is the most authentic place to get it?
Respite means – a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant.
Some synonyms are: pause, intermission, respite and interlude.
Do you find that just reading that definition and synonyms made you exhale deeply in an “ah” moment as your whole body relaxed? Surely that’s how I responded.
So where do we find respite? Well, it often happens when we actually get away for a while… Or even when we’re forced by a pandemic to stay home for an extended period of time. You can also find respite by breaking old habits and adopting new, healthier ones.
But the true and lasting breath… the real breath comes from turning away from God.
Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Are you tired? Exhausted? Come to me (God). Go out with me and you will get your life back. I will show you how to truly rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch me do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace…” – The Message
God can help you wherever you are, that you need a break. He knows you intimately as your creator and cares about you. I love the phrase “learn the unforced rhythms of grace.” That’s how God is. He never imposes his grace on you. He simply offers it to you in a smooth, continuous pattern for you to take.
“Normal” life makes me need a break! Add this current pandemic and all that it means in our lives along with any other difficult or tragic situations and it’s easy to find yourself crying out for a real break.
If you’ve never really thought about going to God for something, I challenge you to consider calling Him. Also, reading the book of John in the Bible will answer many potential questions you might have about God.
If you have begun to think that God doesn’t really care about you and your situation, I would challenge you to rethink this and pray that He will show Himself to you in a new and very real way in unforced rhythms of grace. . The psalms are a great way to learn more about the character of God.
If you are very sure of God’s love and care for you, I would challenge you to take more “ah” moments focusing on who God is. Psalm 23 is a wonderful way to focus on the character of God.
…and, if you would like me to pray with and/or for you, you can fill in your information in the contact form on my website (in the resource box at the end of this article). I would consider it a great privilege to pray for you.