Despite my daughters resting position, white enamel drums chattered as I checked her temperature, 103.1°F. My fingers gently swept the hair away from her crimson face as I whispered, “Honey, brush your teeth. We’re going to the doctor,”
Guttural moans escaped her petite frame.
I am thankful the pediatrician’s office offer walk-in sick appointments. Less than an hour later, we answered the obligatory questions from the nurse and physician.
“Based on your symptoms, I am going to test you for Strep and Mono,” the pediatrician offered gently.
Both tests returned negative. My daughter has a mystery virus.
The doctor instructed us to “treat the symptoms with fluids, fever medications, and most importantly, rest.”
REST is the Treatment.
Rest is a short word which when used wields incredible power.
Why is rest always last on my list?
I am no longer talking about my daughter being sick. I mean living in a state of rest.
Why do I try to fix small things on my own, like scheduling conflicts or car repairs, while leaving the big-ticket issues for God? God doesn’t say to bring him only the big problems in life, but instead, Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, NLT).
Rest is first on God’s list. When God gave Moses the Ten Commandants, rest was implied in the first two commandments. “You must not have any other god but me. You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea.” (Exodus 20:3-4, NLT).
I am weary of managing small problems on my own rather than resting everyday concerns with God. I am guilty of creating an idol of self-reliance. By categorizing what I think I can handle versus what I should hand over to God, my personal, I-can-handle-this-To-Do-list has become my god.
Over time, my stubborn, strong-willed, nature created an invisible idol called the god of self-reliance. Instead of the rest and peace, God Almighty offers, my false self-reliance god left me feeling weary and drained.
The path to restful living contains stepping-stones of surrender and a stone of contentment with where I am with what I have for right now.
Friend, are you like me?
Ask yourself if you are weary of managing life on your own instead of resting everyday concerns with God. Like me, have you unknowingly formed an idol of self-reliance? If so, pray with me.
Dear Lord, help me to live out your plan for peace and rest in my life. I release all my concerns big and small into your Sovereign capable hands. Tear down any idol(s)I unknowingly formed. Teach me to rest in You day-by-day. Jesus, I thank you for your saving and sustaining grace. In your name, I pray. Amen.
I leave you with the same prescription for treatment as my daughter–rest.
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~April Dawn White
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