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Topic: Rest (06/14/04)
TITLE: Resting in the Lord
By Janet Zeliff
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Susan walked towards the kitchen. She set her purse on the kitchen table, then the groceries. After she put the groceries up, Susan got herself a glass of ice tea. She went into the living room, set the glass onto the coffee table, took her shoes off and sat on the couch. She decided to lay down for a while. Maybe laying down would help her to relax.
She had so much to think about. Susan wasn’t sure which course her life was taking nor did she know what was the right decision. As she laid her head on the pillow, she contemplated the events that had occurred during that day.
Prior to her leaving for work in the morning, she had her daily devotions. She came across a verse in Matthew 11: 28, which says “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” which stayed with Susan throughout the day.
While she sat at her desk, working, her boss came in. She asked Susan if she would be interested in another position. Susan responded that she would have to think about it.
Then, she came across information about another position which interested her but in another town. Also, she found out that the work that she was doing was due in two days instead of one week. She wasn’t sure how she would be able to get it done in two days. She had to give an answer to both positions within four days. Otherwise, she would lose the opportunity.
Her head ached weighing all the pros and cons of each job opportunity, and trying to figure out the best way to meet the deadline. She wasn’t sure which decision to make regarding the jobs.
Eventually, she went to sleep. Upon waking up, she realized that she felt better. Somehow, prior to sleeping, she decided to act on the verse that she received in the morning. So, she gave all these problems to the Lord . After doing that, she was able to drift off to sleep.
While she was resting, the Lord gave her solutions to her problems. Susan felt that the Lord was telling her to take one step at a time. She felt that by putting things in perspective, she was eliminating a lot of pressure. Susan decided to concentrate on meeting the deadline first. After that, she would look at all the positions, pray about it, and see how the Lord was leading her. She would make her decisions based on what was right for her. She noticed that she was completely at rest.