Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
Let Go and Trust – The Rest Series – Part 3
Rest isn’t all taking off your shoes, jumping on the couch, and watching Netflix till you fall asleep. You can make rest work for you. Sometimes, watching TV, surfing the internet, and doing odd jobs around the house, gets in the way of the deep inner healing that rest and peace can bring. And ironically, it’s something that takes a bit of work (discipline) to do.
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.”
The command to “be still” comes from the word “rapha” which means to be weak, to let go, and to release. It might be more accurate to read Psalm 46:10 as saying “cause yourselves to let go, become weak.”
“Be still” doesn’t mean to be quiet and motionless. It means to “let go.”
Maybe to find the rest we’re looking for, we need to let go of a few things:
– An identity built on image, success, and productivity.
– Our love of money.
– Our thirst for more “things.”
– The idea that busy = important.
– Fear of failure.
– The belief that I’m not enough.
– The completion of a “to-do” list is next to godliness.
– Saviour complexes.
– That if I do more, I’ll mean more to others.
– I’d be happier if I had more money, a bigger house, and more things.
And the list could go on. What would you add?
Whatever it is, let it go.
Surrender to the fact that you are loved, and you belong for no other reason than you are, and you do. This kind of “letting go” is trust. Sometimes we find ourselves white-knuckling, holding so tightly onto things that our whole bodies and minds and spirits are locked up, stiff, rigid, arthritic. “What will happen if I let go?” Muscles that have been overworked in one direction need to be pulled back in the other for relief to counteract the strain. You have to trust that if you let go, you’ll be OK.
Work isn’t bad. Work is great! You have so much to bring to the world, so much to give. There’re so many opportunities for you to help others and make a difference. But hand in hand with work is rest, letting go, and surrender. The work doesn’t make you valuable. You bring value to the work. And when you know that, you know that you can rest in order to restore and revive for the challenges, adventures, and work that is to come.
After all, if you spend all of yourself up on work, you won’t have anything left to give.
The humble work of rest is one of mindfulness, contemplation, and prayer. Surrendering and letting things go. Having the discipline to close the door on tasks and attend to your heart, body and spirit. There is a rest that you find in this place. A kind of surrender that leads to presence, faith, and clarity. Peace in the midst of it all.
Written by Liz Milani.
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