Psalms 37:7 NKJV
“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.”
This is my desk on most days, though I do have another part time job at a hard desk in an office with thousands of other employees. This is my first vocation, doing the Lord’s work. Lately, the Lord has been teaching me about His rest, about what it is, what it’s not, and what it means. It was only proper that I show you how I work because I believe God has a different perspective on what work should look like.
Nowadays we’re all trying to go somewhere. Some of us are even trying to get places that we’re not sure of. There’s a current of success dragging us along through life and we feel the need to be lead by influences outside of God, pressured by time, and guilt tripped by society. In fact, I found myself so busy and making so many decisions in this season, I just cried out. I said, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” Even in my spiritual life I was so frustrated because I had been praying so much and studying so much and still didn’t find myself in the place I believed I was supposed to be in.
The Lord said to me, “Nothing.”
NOTHING LORD?! I thought this was a joke. I never do nothing! Then I received the revelation of what He was teaching me. “I never do nothing.” God was teaching me the importance of making Him my source. If I declared Him Lord over my life, then He wanted to be just that. He is the potter and I am the clay. He is the Living Water and I am the vessel to pour out of. That’s it. I took the pressure off of myself to make things happen.
- With my job, I stopped searching for available positions and promotions and started trusting that God would open doors for me.
- With my school, I stopped worrying about graduation dates and feeling pressure from society to graduate, and I trusted that God’s timing is perfect.
- With my ministry, I stopped planning over and over again and trying to build connections, and I trusted that God would create an opportunity specially for me to be able to teach.
- With my relationship, I stopped trying to make things work and instead I put Him first, and I trusted that He would bring it to pass in it’s own timing.
So now here I am this morning doing what I love most and what God called me to do. Writing and teaching. I’m in my bed clothes under the covers in the comfort of my room. The birds are chirping and there’s a stillness in the air. Even while I’m working, I’m resting because I’m trusting Him instead of trying to make things happen. God wants you to be comfortable without being complacent. We can still want greater things and be content with what we have because we know that He’s always working behind the scenes. He’s taking us from glory to glory and we’re just along for the ride.