A Sabbath Prayer: A Quiet Pool

“Quiet Pool” is from Frances J. Roberts’ book Come Away My Beloved. God has been showing me these past few weeks that I need to lay aside my worries, fears, doubts, questions, and anything else that keeps me from Him and His perfect peace…His shalom. This is really a great devotion any day but I thought it was especially perfect for ShabbatI pray this Sabbath you will enter into His rest. Enjoy and be blessed!

Wait upon Me.

Let your life be as a deep, quiet pool. Let your heart rest in My hand as a bird in a nest. Let your eyes be still. Let your hands be free. For then I shall fill all your vision, and then I shall take your hands into Mine and My power shall flow forth into you.

If you would only make yourself a place apart, yes, removed from the pressure and turmoil, and there I will meet you. Yes, I wait for your coming. For I long to pour out My blessings upon You, and I long to give you My fullness. Only be still before Me. Never let the toils and cares of the day rob you of this sweet fellowship with Me.

For I know what you need, and I am concerned about your duties and responsibilities. You will find your cares vanish, and your load is lightened by an unseen hand. I would have you bring Me your love, and even as you are bringing Me your love, I shall in turn bring to you My power, so that I work for you in a twofold measure.

I will give you the power to discharge your duties with greater efficiency. I am actively engaged in working for you in ways you cannot see, to make your path clear, and to bring about things you could never accomplish, and which would otherwise absorb your energies and wear out your patience.

So I say again…Rest in Me. Wait upon Me. Come apart with Me. Seek My face. Seek My fellowship.

O YHVH, what shame that You should need to beg us thus! Better that others might find us unavailable because of our occupation with You, rather than for us to be so slow to come, so dull to hear, so cold of heart, so indolent of soul.

O God, spare us Your wrath! Do not let Your anger be kindled against us. Let us ask only one thing more, and do not turn away.

Grant this one prayer more, O YHVH, that You would give us all that is lacking in us; intensify our hunger and fire our devotion; take the indifference from our spirits; and have within us Your wonderful way and perfect will, O YHVH, we pray. Amen

 

Conquering the World

I hear it calling me. Beckoning me to answer it’s call. Judging me for all the unfinished tasks I have to do. It’s my to-do list….and it seems like it will never end. All the things I have to do. All the things that need cleaning or fixing or hanging. The clothes that need to be washed. The errands that need to be done. The food that must be bought and subsequently cooked. The miles that must be run. The floors that need to be swept.

But then I hear another voice calling to me. Drawing me to Itself. It’s the voice of my Father. “Come to Me all who are weak and weary and I will give you rest.”

“But I don’t have time”, comes my response. “I’ll never get everything finished if I stop now.”

“Come. And draw near to Me. Let Me help you carry the burdens.”

I push on, never answering His voice.

Days go by and the list keeps growing instead of shrinking and I am more tired and weary than ever before. The Voice calling to me remains unanswered: “Come to Me and I will refresh you. I will make you whole and complete again.”

I hesitantly put my to-do list down. I choose to ignore the dishes in the sink. The piles of laundry that are still unfolded (I meant to get to that). I choose to ignore the unswept floors and the nagging feeling that I’ll regret not going to the gym.

And as I choose to ignore the other voices calling out to me, His voice becomes a little louder. Soft and gentle but louder.

“I will fill you up. I will give you strength. I am all that you need.”

And in that moment, nothing else matters. The other voices have died away. The other pressures have faded and the only weight I feel is His glory as it rests upon me. When I allow Him to hold me in His arms, the world around me fades away. There is no to-do list. There are no worries. There are no fears. My confusion and questions all fade away and it’s just me and my Savior….standing face-to-face.

“Who am I that You should take notice? That you should care about me?”

“You are My child. And I love you. I have sought you and found you. You are Mine….and I will never let you go.”

In those tender moments with My Creator, tears are shed, laughter is heard, and quiet songs of praise are sung. My hands are lifted in surrender. His praise is lifted to the heavens. And I am made whole again. In those moments of stillness, not a single thing from my to-do list gets done, and yet, we have conquered the world.