It’d been a crazy week. You know, one of those if-it-could-go-wrong-it-did kinda weeks. Car problems which left five people trying to go in two or more directions while sharing one car. It was pay week, which meant groceries were dwindling. School was approaching, which meant we were trying to fit in the last of our summer fun. Last minute meetings, atypical emails that required answers, and a writing deadline.
It was a bit chaotic, but it all got done. And, for the most part, I didn’t stress about it.
Don’t believe me? I did say, “for the most part.”
Over the last several years, I’ve been working more and more on reducing the stress in my life. Or at least my reaction to stressful events in my life. Of course, this frequently means I must choose to trust God more, to trust in His plan as well as His provision. I’m not getting it perfectly, of course, but I am seeing great progress.
Recently, I was listening to Brian Holmes. Brian’s weekly podcast, Strategic Living, challenges you to “become more of what God designed you to be.” (Sound interesting? I enjoy it, and recommend you check it out on iTunes.)
In podcast #093 Brian talked about rest. Not sleep at night, although adequate slumber is important. And not relaxing on the couch in front of the television, although that can have its place in your life.
Real rest. He defines it this way: living from a place of quiet amid the chaos.
Doesn’t that sound appealing!?
Of course, from the moment he defined real rest, he had me. I listened to the rest of the episode, soaking in all I could. And as he shared the last of the benefits of practicing rest, I knew that this process of de-cluttering the stress in my life was a journey worth continuing.
Because weeks like I describe above are going to happen again, and I want to live from a place of rest. A place of walking out my trust in God. A place of knowing God is in control and that He will work all things for my good.