A voice Without Words

Posted: May 20, 2013 in Reflections
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Angel wings in cloudsI am exhausted. On the verge of being ill from fatigue. Why can’t I find the rest I need or the sense of wellness I long for? My family barks at me for doing too much and tells me to “Stop!” In their demands, I hear God’s voice calling to me from somewhere in the distance. I know what Sabbath rest is about. I understand the purposes in taking the time and I must confess I have allowed myself to be so busy, I forget to set the time aside to honor it. I go to bed and make an honest attempt to sleep in and let the extra rest bring me some measure of feeling better. I awake and I do not feel better. Again, I hear a voice in the distance calling. This morning, I turned my ear toward this voice.

Sabbath. I think it is a seeking rest.  Not the kind of seeking you do when you are hiking on a hunt for something, but one that turns the ear to hear One who speaks without words.

Ann Voskamp says something like this: “watching wells something up inside of us and it doesn’t have words. Nor does it ask for words. It is only for witnessing.” And I reflect. I allow myself the luxery of letting my mind wander down old familiar pathways where I had encountered this voice without words before, and I smile. There is something that happens with this soul deep smile. There is a complete and satisfying exhale. And God…God rests me.

I steep, like a tea bag that absorbs all the refreshing liquid and soaks up as much of God’s living presence as I can. Breathe in deeply. Exhale completely. I am refreshed. And something strange begins to happen. My spirit is rejoicing and my body wants to move me in celebration. I am revived again and all those refreshing waters of God encounters and memories of faithfulneess begin to flow outward. God colors, God flavors, God himself seems to be flowing out from within. And I realize just how needy I am of Sabbath moments.

I resolve once again to be purposeful in setting aside time that is sacred. Time to reflect and allow my God to rest me. Time to celebarate his goodness. Time to turn my ear to hear this voice without words.

Matthew 11:28 says,  “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (The Message)


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