I have a friends who is facing some MAJOR life questions. The kind of questions that keep you up at night, wreck your eating habits, and frankly force you to spend more time in the bathroom than you probably spend in prayer! We had a great conversation the other day that left us both convicted. It went something like this: In the past, when the BIG questions, doubts, troubles, and fears overwhelm me I RAN. You know the drill - shut myself out of all the noise in my life, close ranks, get away, retreat to a few days of ... whatever I can find to do that will quite the questions and make me forget about the fears and doubts.
Problem is, when I get back from RUNNING it's all still there waiting for me, and I have no perspective or answers.
But what if I RESTED instead of RUNNING? You know the drill - shut myself out of all the noise in my life, closed the ranks, got away, retreated to a few days of ... whatever I can find to draw me closer to God.
When I get back from RESTING it's all still there waiting for me, but I have gained perspective and have answers.
Running and resting have so much in common: shutting life down, getting away, and searching. The difference is focus and direction. You can focus on yourself - what am I going to do? how am I supposed to deal? I don't have the answers! or you can focus on God - what do You want me to do? show me how I'm supposed to deal. You have the answers, show me. You are either RUNNING with your back to God, or RESTING to draw nearer to Him. Ironically, running away from the hard stuff is circular and brings you right back to the struggle, but being still and resting in God ends the cycle and provides you with a way out.
When life gets hard, do you RUN, or do you REST?