The room seemed to shrink, too, with the addition of a recliner and recovery equipment. That didn't stop us from having weekly summer visits with our granddaughters.
What sweet, sweet memories of Tom cuddling with the girls while we watched their favorite Disney movies. And sometimes, all wrapped up in love and trust, they would snuggle in to rest.
Return to your rest, my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.
For you, Lord, have delivered...my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling...
Psalm 116:7-8 NIV
Lately my mantra has become, "God's never surprised or overwhelmed." God's not surprised by the busyness of our lives. Perhaps that's why He gave us an example and a command to empower us in meeting today's challenges.
So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.
Genesis 2:3 NRSV
For in six days the Lord made the heaven, earth, and sea, and everything in them, and rested the seventh day; so he blessed the Sabbath day and set it aside for rest.
Exodus 20:11 TLB
Then Jesus suggested, “Let’s get away from the crowds for a while and rest.” For so many people were coming and going that they scarcely had time to eat.
Mark 6:31 TLB
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Matthew 11:28-29 RSV
I love chairs that allow Tom and I to share quiet moments at the end of long days. And clutter or not, I love all the pictures of our kids. But my rest comes not from furniture or knick-knacks or muted colors. It comes from having a sanctuary to meet and commune with God through His Word.