When You’re Ready To Run, But God’s Called You To Rest

Lately I feel like I’ve been running at full speed for, well it seems like forever, and I just hit a brick wall.


Do you ever have those times? Times when you’ve finished a project or season God called you to, and just in the moment when you are ready to dive headlong into the next mission, when you can feel the adrenaline pumping full-force through your veins, He calls you to rest.


Rest in those moments feels nothing like rest. It feels like it felt as a child when I was relegated to my room for an interminable period of quiet, as a time-out from everything I was really wanting to do. Forced seclusion.


What does a body do with four walls and a mind that won’t stop thinking, looking for the next need, the next mission as if the world will come unhinged if something gets overlooked or worse yet, undone?


So here’s where I am. I have to admit my soul is stirring, there’s a lot of heart work to do out there. My calling, my passion is to walk with people on their journeys. I can see the heartache. I can feel the overwhelmed, anxious helplessness as if it is stirring through my veins. And yet the word I hear God whispering today is…rest.


Rest? How can I rest when there is so much to be done?


And then I heard Him whisper to my heart,


Rest, because I need you to rest. To find rest. To find Me. To just be with Me. You are right, my child, there’s a whole big world out there that’s desperate for more than you can give. It’s okay. I see them, too. I haven’t forgotten. I haven’t overlooked.


Trust that I am big enough to notice all of the discouragement, to see every soul who despairs. I see the broken, the exhausted, the battle-weary, the cynical, the eyes filled with anger for all of the injustice. I see the oceans full of disappointed dreams and calloused, dulled hopes. I see you.


Trust that in your rest I am nurturing something new. Your rest is required. Your rest is the next step on your journey. Not a place of punishment, not a time-out, but a carefully designed respite with Me, to simply be with you and enjoy you. To celebrate, to laugh. To share stories in the twilight and notice the sunset together. I see you.


Trust that you are enough. Just as you are. You are significant because I formed you in your mother’s womb. You are cherished because I planned you long before the foundation of the universe. You are beautiful and yes, worthy. You are more than a daughter, more than a wife, more than a friend, a worker, a hope-giver, or a dreamer. You are My Beloved. I see you.


You are more than a daughter, more than a wife, more than a friend, a worker, a hope-giver, or a dreamer. You are My Beloved. I see you.Click To Tweet


So wherever you are today, whatever season of silence you are wading through, whatever hopes and dreams hang in the balance… rest. Trust that God notices you on your knees crying out to Him in the sleepless nights. Trust that He’s well-acquainted with your most tender, swollen wounds. Trust that He sees you right where you are, just as you are. You are precious to Him. He wants to give you new life, new hope, new peace. More than anything else, He wants to give you…Himself.


He wants to give you new life, new hope, new peace. More than anything else, He wants to give you…Himself.Click To Tweet


I can’t think of anything else I need more today.


How is God calling you to Himself today? What is one thing you can do today to find rest?





About Lisa

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, author, coffee lover, and wife. My online community lisamurrayonline.com provides a compassionate place in the midst of the stresses and struggles of life. At heart, I am just a Southern girl who loves beautiful things, whether it is the beauty of words found in a deeply moving story, the beauty of a meal cooked with love, the beauty of a cup of coffee with a friend, or the beauty seen in far away landscapes and cultures. I have fallen passionately in love with the journey and believe it is among the most beautiful gifts to embrace and celebrate. While I grew up in the Florida sunshine, I live with my husband just outside Nashville in Franklin, TN.

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  1. Beautiful and so needed today, Lisa! Don’t we all want to keep going, and diving, and doing! But when God says, “Rest,” we must! Thank you for this wonderful reminder that it is okay to rest.

    • lisamurray

      June 17, 2016 at 11:17 AM

      It is okay to rest, Micah, even when I find myself trying to run at full-speed. God ordained it, so I can “rest” in it. Blessings to you, dear friend!

  2. I’m in a season of rest these days too and trying to savor every God appointed moment of it! Beautiful encouraging words and truth here! Thank you!

    • lisamurray

      June 17, 2016 at 11:18 AM

      Yes, savor it, Liz! To truly find and enjoy rest is one of the most powerful experiences we can have with God. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Agreed. Rest is equally as important as running in our faith and sometimes (although maybe this is because I’m an introvert) God is calling me to do both at once, just in different areas.

    • lisamurray

      June 17, 2016 at 11:20 AM

      You are so right! As an introvert myself I can see how God calls me to different areas of activity and rest. I just have to make sure I am listening and obeying His direction in my life. Blessings!

  4. It is indeed such a sweet thing when we realize that God does notices us! Thanks for the the great reminder to REST in this fact. I’m your neighbor today over at Suzanne’s page. I always love when you are ahead of me. God bless!

    • lisamurray

      June 17, 2016 at 11:16 AM

      I always love having you stop by, Jenny! Sometimes I forget how much God notices us in the busyness, but when I do in fact rest, I am able to see Him and hear Him so much clearer. Blessings, friend!

  5. Rest is one of the hardest things to do. Even when I am still, my mind races. But when God calls you to it, there is a reason and something you need to prepare for!

    • lisamurray

      June 17, 2016 at 11:14 AM

      I think rest is one of the greatest challenges of our time, yet I do believe God calls us to rest in order to speak to us and prepare us for what lies ahead. Good to have you join us here today!

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