Resting and Nesting

by J. Grant Swank, Jr.

Georgetown, Guyana, was full of mingling human bodies going and coming. Only God knew where. But no one appeared to be hurrying-just going and coming. We noted the goats traipsing in front of cars, and not a few cows meandered at the very center of the downtown streets. Chickens with a cadre of roosters gave greeting from that same center. What a hoot, I thought to myself. Wouldn't Guyanese traffic lifestyle just be ducky in summers on Route 302 in Windham, Maine? Right! Those Guyanese had a handsome way about them-an appealing, smiling, sauntering way. It surely worked to sooth taut nerves. So I thought of all that when considering "Be still and know that I am God." I considered that when realizing that Jesus was in the Middle East lifestyle, not unlike that of the Georgetown citizenry. Yet much of our so-called Christian endeavor is spent in movement-rush-a-bit-more. Ask Martha. She was one of the first movers-tea cups, sugar, creamer and cookies on the tray for Jesus and Mary. Don't forget the guest napkins. It all had to be "so." Yet much of what God would want from His children of grace is not movement. It is resting, listening, waiting. The Christian community usually defines the most notable laypersons within each congregation as those who are up-and-doing: Marthas aplenty. We give them plaques. We engrave their names in metal. We recite their pedigrees in public forums. Yet what is it that God is desiring from those within His family? Is not God standing by for those who are resting and nesting in Him? Today, why don't you try resting/nesting for a needed change to your spiritual pace? You could start by resting this very moment. Ask God what He wants to say to you right now. He may say nothing. That is fine, for silence is communication, too. Yet as you proceed throughout this day, resting/nesting, you will find the Spirit nudging, whispering, taking your spirit's arm to move you to the right, then to the left. Sometimes He will simply instruct you kindly to stop, halt, do nothing but heed. When you have a very close friend, what do you really need from that individual? Yes, you thank him for the physical assistance he offers. But what you really need from him is his willingness to wait with you through the tough times, and not lecturing you when you are not at your best. You need your close friend for his friendship-simply to be there. So it is with God and you. It is time to unwind, to put away the scoreboard on how many hours you have clocked in church work, to be done with "doing your own thing." It is time to get into His time. He is waiting. Let Him in. Then sit by His side. He is calling you to rest awhile, to nest awhile.
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