Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I drew this in August of 2009 and I often think of it when my favorite verses come into my head... so I am reposting it. Why is my post called: How much do you rest? Really? Well I have to admit that my hubbub gave me a therapy session lastnight and it taught me a few important things... 1. I don't know how to breathe properly and I don't think my body gets the oxygen it needs - seriously! and 2. When I am laying in bed on the computer, or drawing, or painting etc., watching a movie, texting on my IPOD... etc., etc., etc., I am not REALLY resting!
So here's the scenario of my evening lastnight... I am lying in bed with hubbub and my eldest son Joshua watching the tv series "Bones" on DVD... and I turn to my hubby in tears and tell him that I am in so much pain I don't know what to do. He thinks about it for a few minutes and after the episode was over, and Josh goes downstairs he leaves too but comes back a minute later with his Bible. He asks if he can read me something and I nod. He starts reading Psalm 139 (my favorite of all favorites), but he has his version NKJV (new king james version) and so the wording is off and I stop him... so he goes downstairs and grabs my big bible and comes back upstairs and starts reading again, and I stop him yet again because he has once again grabbed the same version, yes, it's my bible but the same version as he has... I know, I know, I am anal.... but I can't help it if the wording in my little Bible soothes me and the wording in the NKJV really doesn't! anyways... so he goes downstairs for the last time and comes up with my little Bible (with words he can barely see to read) and starts to read... again... Immediately the words start to work their way through my body bringing peace to my sore muscles and my aches and pains. They wash over me as though I am bathing in them making me realize just how much God knows me, how He cares enough to know ME (The words to a song come to mind... "who am I that you are mindful of me?")
Well, I cannot express them with my mere words when I can just type out the scripture for you;
O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
You hem me in - behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and
the light become night around me,"
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would outnumber
the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.
If only you would slay the wicked O God?
Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!
They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
Do I not hate those who hate you,
and abhor those who rise up against you?
I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Anyways my point... after allowing the Word to wash over me and receiving His peace Randy made me lay completely still for 20 minutes. He even timed me on my IPOD. He said for 20 minutes just lay still, breathe and pray. Don't think about anything else, don't do anything else. So I did...
It didn't go by as slowly as I thought it would and I was completely pain free by the time the 20 minutes were up! This got me thinking! Why don't I do this more often? I always have something on the go, something in my hands, something for me to watch on the tv (usually a movie or tv series as we don't have cable)... but I never just lay still and allow His peace to flow over me, to allow Him to take my pain away, to allow my body to simply rest!
So this brings me to the title: How much do you rest? Really?
I hope you are all having a wonderful peaceful evening. For me, well I am going to shut down my computer, close my eyes and lay still for awhile!
Happy Creating everyone!
Hugs to you all!
Posted by Kelly Watts at 6:00 PM