“Grace meets you and moves you to where you need to be.”- Rohan Dredge
Matthew 11:28-29 Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Accept my teachings and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your lives.
When I was baptised in 2011 I was prayed for afterwards by my family and a few of the pastors at Discovery church. While they were praying for me, one of the female pastors said that she had a picture for me. She said she saw me floating down a river on a floating ring, and explained that the current on the river was symbolizing God, and I was simply laying back and letting Him take me wherever He wanted me to go.
A couple of months after my baptism, I had a big fall out with a really close friend. As I’m sure you guys know, fights with friends suck. This fight was just a whole lot of unresolved issues that blew up into a huge problem, and hurt both of us immensely. The feelings of hurt, un-forgiveness, anger and stress lingered in the back of my mind for weeks. These feelings were getting in the way of my relationships with my friends and I started getting quite up tight about talking about Jesus. I wasn’t sure exactly why this was at the time, but I later realized that it was because there was a wall built up in my relationship with God. I was getting so caught up with the feelings I was experiencing, that I was losing sight of what matters most to me.
I knew that I had to do something about it, but I had no idea what! I considered all these different things I could do to make the pain go away. I prayed regularly for God to make one of these scenario’s I was making up in my head actually happen (Which I realized later was not the right thing to do.). I was going round and round in circles in my head wondering what I could do to make things back to the way I thought it should be. It was tiring me out mentally, and I needed some time to R&R. Lucky, we have a God that will meet you in times of need.
I was having a chat to both of my lifegroup leaders/mentors about what was going on for me at that time, and it hit me like a bullet that I was looking at this completely the wrong way! I thought that I needed to make everything back to normal to get rid of these feelings of stress, anger, hurt and un-forgiveness. But the truth was, I needed to forgive my friend with my heart to get myself back on track and pull myself back onto that floating ring.
The point i’m trying to get to is that life is a huge roller coaster, and at times, you are going to need some time to R&R. God’s grace is amazing, and simply being in His presence can give you all the relaxation you need to continue being the brilliant person that you are! Make sure you take time out for yourself once in a while. Lay back in that floating ring and let God be the current guiding you to what He wants to do in and through you.
Sit tight and take as much joy as you can out of every situation.
If some of you girls need some more inspiration to find some time to R&R, consider reading “The one year book of inspiration for girlfriends juggling not-so-perfect, often-crazy, but gloriously real lives” by Ellen Miller.