"During the process of recovery we become aware of our need for a sheltered place in which to rest. The journey can be exhausting and disorienting. But we don't know how to rest. It doesn't come naturally to us. We don't know where to find a safe shelter.
Now imagine yourself resting in God's shadow. You are sheltered, safe, at rest. The heat of the desert will not consume you because of God's protection. You can sit and rest in God's loving presence. God is a shade, a shelter, a fortress. You can draw strength and comfort from God's presence." (excerpt from Dale and Juanita Ryan)
Ahhhh, to have rest in God! Sounds simply wonderful, doesn’t it? And it is there for the taking! Not to have to worry about the stuff of every day life, and what we experienced growing up, etc. For some of us our past can be painful.
Carrying heavy burdens is not our responsibility. God asks us to cast "ALL" our cares (That is everything. Not just some things. But ALL.)
God wants us healthy and clear minded. Definitely something we want right?!! God does want us to rest in Him and not in the world and not in our past! But, at the same time, God Does Know, for many of us it will take time to heal. But, He offers a resting place during our healing process, which is “in His loving presence.”
I am so grateful for His resting arms that I run into daily and receive now His embrace.