Rest, In Response to Fear

Scripture Resource Passages: Matthew 11:28-30

American poet Barbara Veech graciously consented to share these words. I am honored to provide them through the site.

Pause and rest
And notice shadowed patterns
            On a leaf.
Listen as the delirious mockingbird
            Delights in each day.
Breathe breezes blown
            From far away.
And… 
Stop and rest
And sway with the timeless rhythms
            Of dark and day.
Taste sweet salt air clinging
            To your lips.
Close your eyes. 
Let life’s burdens lift.
Then…
Linger and listen
And feel the deep sorrows
            Of today’s and tomorrow’s
Weeping, tired workers giving
            Life and health and living
Back to souls struggling
            For life and breath and being. 
So…
Mindfully measures your days
And treasure life’s difficult ways.
Rest in God’s power.
This too is his hour.
This part of our story
Will be for his glory.
So, rest. Now rest.

Life Applications

  1. Ponder while you may with moments of experiencing the wind of the Spirit.
  2. Are there special places where you find rest-filled life?

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

3 thoughts on “Rest, In Response to Fear

  1. Fascinating to ponder. Should there be a rhythm to pausing – resting and reflecting – and letting His glory be seen in these moments? How often should we rest and meditate? Weekly, daily, twice a day…? For me, true rest comes when I get away…other times give me just enough pause to catch my breath! Causes one to think about patriarchs of old. How much of their time was spent in taking care of providing for the basic necessities of life and then balancing time to rest, reflect – and letting God’s glory shine? Thanks for sharing…

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