Finding Your Rest

Study Scripture

Leading preschoolers to understand more of God is a daunting task. It can be fun! But it can also be exhausting. Where do they get all that energy from? It can be challenging to say the least.

I remember my little ones, who are now beginning to have little ones of their own. Watching them sleep gave me a sense of peace that was almost indescribable. After all the struggles, giggles, and wonder of the day . . . peace. One of my favorite verses is “God grants sleep to those He loves” (Psalm 127:2 NIV1). This psalm reminds us that “unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain” (v. 1). “In vain”, we are told, is much of our work—getting up early, staying up late, etc. Resting, truly sleeping, can be a sign of trusting God, a very literal act of faith. Much of what needs to happen in the lives of little ones, and in our own lives as well, can only be accomplished by God’s hand. We need His wisdom, His love, and His intervention to be all that we need to be in the lives of the little ones we lead. Resting in God acknowledges that it isn’t all up to me in my own strength. So many times, a problem that seems insurmountable in the dark of night seems to almost resolve itself in the full morning light. When that happens, I know that God has been at work.

In Matthew 6, Jesus asks us why we worry, labor, and fret. He teaches us to seek first God’s kingdom and all these things will be added. It is an invitation to trust—but also to seek God. How do we seek God in what seems to be a very busy day?

  • First, if you have never trusted Christ as your Savior and Lord, do that right now. Talk with a pastor or friend that you know to be a strong Christian. Without Christ as our guide, life doesn’t work well, but with Him, nothing is impossible.

  • If you are busy and tired, know that He is with you, whether you feel Him or not.

  • Find ways to grow spiritually. Listen to the audio Bible and worship music at different times throughout the day.

  • Make Scripture cards and memorize verses. Truly apply them to your own life.

  • Ask a friend to pray with you on the phone at least once a day. Share what you are learning.

  • And finally, get some sleep. A good night’s rest will do wonders to recharge you with the energy you need for each day.

In vain we rise early and stay up late, toiling . . .  What is the most important? As we rest in the Lord in the night, trusting Him to do what only He can do, we are better throughout the day. We can sense God’s pleasure and be filled with His love to the point of overflowing into the lives of these precious leaders of tomorrow. Maybe love, God’s love, is what they need most. Maybe God’s love is what we need most, even now.

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by Laura Harper, ministry consultant for adult audiences at national WMU

1. Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.TM Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

 

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