“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:22-23)
I have a habit of telling my friends who are facing frustrating or overwhelming life circumstances to methodically “close your eyes, take a deep breath, prioritize things mentally, and then face them.”
Recently, I took my own advice, turned off the front porch light, and sat in my newly bought clearance chair from the local department store. I embraced the crisp, dark air and imagined it cleansing my very soul as it poured into and enveloped my warm lungs.
With eyes closed, I began to pray about life in general and how much my own has changed due to chronic illness. Historically, these type of moments only happened when I was away in a “perfect” place on vacation somewhere like a beach with no one else sitting on the shoreline but me, or looking out over a mountain of trees as far as the eyes could see.
Something inside was different this time. I finally realized it is perfectly appropriate to enjoy the small things I haven’t been able to for so long. I am no longer able to do the things I used to do, but I have to find joy in the little things in my life that remain. The simple things are truly the most important and, as of late, the most beautiful.
As I was there with my eyes closed, breathing in the fresh air and listening to the crickets perfectly hum their tunes, I was gently reminded of just how precious creation is to our Creator. He took six days to make it perfect and then He, Himself, took a day for rest and reflection on all that He had made. In that moment, I felt a connection that can only be described as spiritual with God.
My mind went to the very promise in our Holy Word that says “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 1:9).
It was in that spiritual aha moment, my own home went from just a mere place of occasional solitude to a sanctuary of quiet moments with God to be treasured. Quite frankly, I had never thought of my home like that, perhaps it was part of my youth that remained or the mere fact I realized I can no longer travel like I used to.
Historically, I was always looking forward to that epiphanal moment on my next trip to a tropical destination where I could close my eyes and do the same thing. It occurred to me and actually sunk in to my spirit that God is where I find Him. He is in everything around me and I do not have to pay a small fortune to get in touch with Him via exclusive resorts or fancy beaches.
My life has changed in many ways over the past few years and this is another classic example God has shown me that it doesn’t have to be perfect because I have Him and He is all the perfection I need. He promises us His strength is made perfect in our weakness’. The simple things truly are the most important and the most beautiful.
Today, my precious friend, I encourage you to take another look at your own surroundings and remember they do not have to be perfect. God is a God who loves unconditionally and you don’t have to be in a perfect place, have money, or a great state of mind for Him to be near. All you have to do is reach out and He is there to take you by the spiritual hand and lead the way forward.
Prayer: Lord, We praise You for the beauty of Your promises and for the beauty that can be found in our lives if we merely take the time to look around to see it. Thank You for never letting us down when we look to You for answers or direction. We pray for all those who read this devotion, that Your Holy Spirit would lead them to receive exactly what they need for this day and help them focus on the small, yet important issues in their lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
About the Author
Christy lives in Northeast Florida with her husband, Billy. She worked for a non-profit social services agency for several years prior to her diagnosis. She has chronic idiopathic intracranial hypertension, complex migraines (stroke-like symptoms), and fibromyalgia. Christy has had multiple brain surgeries, countless tests, and ongoing spinal taps to control the amount of spinal fluid in her body. She currently has two ventricular-atrial shunts that help her body process spinal fluid from her brain and into her heart. Recently, she has had to deal with meningitis due to a csf leak.
Have you had a spiritual aha moment lately? Do you ever take the time to mentally block the rest of the world out and just breathe in the fresh, cool air around you to focus on God alone? How does God speak to your soul during your quiet, focused times?
Spend a few minutes of time alone with Jesus, as this video shows His creation. -Lisa
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