“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” - God (Isaiah 30:15)
I've been contemplating for weeks how to return to these devotionals... Many readers are personal friends and have followed my journey this past year through the valley -
and rejoiced with me from the miracle of the mountain top.
As the months go on, I'll share more, but tonight I didn't want to lose the moment of walking outside at dusk and hearing the last of the birds, the gentle sounds of the chickens from their coop, and the rustle of the dogs in the tall grass of the field.
I felt compelled to share these photographs and encourage you to make time today (tomorrow) for quietness.
The verse that came to me as I walked outside is from Isaiah. And it's a promise. God is promising Israel (and us) that if we bring our thoughts, our actions, our Selves, back to him and really rest in Him, that we will find salvation. Not in our own doing. Not in proving to Him that we are... whatever we think we can be that doesn't require his grace. Our salvation will not come from anything other than resting in his promise of salvation. And in that resting, we will experience quietness. And trust. The trust that is learned only through quietly resting in the promise that it's not up to us. From that, will come confidence. Confidence that we have only do to what we are directed to do, and all will be as it should be.
Rest. Quiet. Confidence.
Settle in, dear ones. Settle in and watch God work...
"We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well."
(1 Corinthians 10:24b MSG)