Life can get so busy we forget how to rest and relax fully.
Weighed down by stress and strain, it can be hard to really let go, to allow our souls to relinquish their tight grip on the daily grind.
Even during Sabbath our minds can be so preoccupied with the minutiae of mundanity that we sink beneath its weight.
Perhaps we can learn a lesson from the natural world around us.
Plants and flowers are dependent on the provision of daily nutrients, balance in temperature, ambient surroundings and conditions for growth and fruition.
They seem to do nothing much for a while then we see life springing forth where all seemed dormant before.
It is the closing down season for many plants and trees as Autumn winds blow chill, fall must come, and a dying back occurs.
Even as that process is happening around us, we can be cheered by the prospect of new life and growth to come out of dead matter.
Maybe it’s a season in your life too where God is asking you to rest, be still for a while, lay fallow.
Maybe you are restless to see green shoots appearing and all looks bleak and barren.
Be reassured that God hasn’t forgotten you.
God does His best work in the long, slow dark places of our lives as our hearts are made heavy with longing for Him.
This apparent laying aside or closing down is to ready you and make way for abundant life to come – at just the right time.
as petals unfurl
to the sun
welcoming its rays
absorbing heat and light
so are our days
pregnant with possibility
with God’s promises
of His grace
to sustain the weary
poured out nectar
that feeds us
sustenance to embrace
for days cold and dreary
knowing there is always
more than enough
No matter what season we may be in, God’s love pours out as continual draught of sunshine into our souls.
We can bask in the light of His presence.
Enjoy the outpouring of grace and mercy.
Rest in His peace.
When shadows loom large, we can comfort ourselves by remembrance of His goodness and provision unfolding for each new day.
Day 3 of the 31 day challenge of #poetryforthesoul
Stay tuned for more to come
And do let me know which ones you like best as they may end up in a future anthology