I recently had one of those days. A day that seemed to crawl along, yet did not seem to be. I awoke later than usual, which is still earlier than most. I worked a little, had breakfast, worked some more. I took a nap, awoke, disappointed that the day had wasted away–only to look at a clock and see it was 9:30am.
I worked a little more, wrote a little more, and baked a bit in the kitchen. The particular recipe typically takes hours to make, and I was in no hurry. When the concoction reached the oven, I marveled at how the afternoon had slipped past. I looked at the clock: it was 11:00am.
And I realized something. The day seemed like it was moving so quickly because God and I were talking–quite a bit. We explored plans, motivations, distractions, and touched on the future. And it was still morning.
Even as I write this, there are more hours to the day.
I didn’t pray for rest or restoration, but I now realize I needed it. I needed that magnified rest, that Heavenly touch that restores the body and mind. Peace flows naturally when the mind is restored.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” –2 Corinthians 10:4-6, NKJV
Teachers and pastors use the above passage so often to remind us how a disciplined mind can battle temptations. And that is true.
What occurs to me is a temptation of a different sort. Restoration of mind by obedient captivity to Christ releases tensions and burdens we were never meant to carry.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”–Romans 12:1-2, NKJV
I would be lying to say I allowed God to restore my body and mind that day. I just went about my day–and He provided what I needed, though I did not seek it.
And now I see the foundation that this restoration creates. A refreshed mind, obedient to Christ, can cast aside anxieties, trust the Lord, and go about doing His will. Weary and worn out because of my own reliance on me serves no one well. A restored mind, focused on Christ points the path for others to the only eternal restoration: Jesus Himself.
“The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.” –Psalm 23:1-3, NKJV
How is God calling you away, from yourself, your perspective, your approach to life? How is He seeking to restore your soul?