Learning to Sit at His Feet
31 Days of Following Jesus
October 25, 2017
Skimp, Skip, Or…?
Recently I was trying a new recipe for puff pastry. I carefully measured a few simple ingredients and followed the mixing instructions.
Knead until the dough is smooth and soft. I kneaded and pounded, punched and pummeled until the sweat was trickling down my lower back. Try as hard as I could, all I ended up with was a large glob of Hard and Lumpy. Definitely NOT Smooth and Soft.
Exhausted, I proceeded to the next step. Cover the dough, and put it in the refrigerator to rest at least 30 minutes. So I did. I am not a chemist. I had no idea what was going on inside my refrigerator. But when I came back to the “rested” dough, it wasn’t hard and lumpy anymore. It was smooth and soft and pliable in my hands.
In the mixing bowl of life, rest is an integral, even critical, part of growth. But it’s the one step we are most inclined to skimp on or skip. No wonder the dough of our life tends to be on the hard and lumpy rather than the smooth and soft side.
For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength” (Isaiah 30:15).
– Gordana Sjostedt,
JESUS Film Project
Lord, help us see when our ceaseless efforts become an exercise in futility. Open our ears to Your gracious rhythms in our lives so we can serve You energized by the rest You abundantly provide.
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