Many of us hit the ground running with a new year. We make great plans to lose weight, de-clutter, get organized, change personal habits, all perhaps to become a better person. Let me add one more very important goal to your list: Rest. The importance of resting in Him has become more apparent to me in the last month as my sister-n-law battles a cancerous brain tumor. As she was describing the loss of her physical strength to me recently, she looked up and said, “I want to say okay Lord, I’m trying to fight this, what in the world do you want me to do?” I told her later as I prayed about her question, I could hear God saying, “Fall back in my arms and let me fight.” In other words, rest. A health crisis often displays in fast motion and high intensity everyday life lived in our own strength. We all have moments in our marriages, careers, as parents, or caregivers where we reach the end of our strength and perhaps feel like shouting, “I’m trying Lord, what in the world do you want me to do?” I pray in those times, we can hear our Lord saying, “Rest, trust me and let me fight.” Add “rest” to your to-do list this New Year, in fact put it in the top spot, and prepare to be blessed.
– Kim Hendrix