A life lived in rest is simply a matter of trust. Those simple words – “I trust You” transitioned the woman that day into a new place of hope. No one even knew that there was this significant change within her. But, she knew it for she felt alive. It felt as if a weight had been lifted from her life and she could live and move again.
As she walked away from the Palace, she turned one more time to look back. She then looked at the Lord and asked “But what about them?” The Lord looked at her and said, “It’s not for you to know. Follow Me.” There was great satisfaction in those words that He spoke to her. He knew it all and most importantly, He knew her. She rested in that revelation of being known by Him. She was greatly loved by Him. With that sense of perfect peace, she walked towards the door of the hut.
Opening the door, she walked into the hut to find that everything was just as she left it. Nothing had changed. It was still a bit dark, without color or beauty. The flowers she had put in the vase had faded and wilted in her absence.
She turned and walked over to the window, looking out at the Palace. Still, she rested in perfect peace even in the midst of that which had caused her so much pain in times past. There was no grief or no regret.
She smiled as she thought of those words “I trust You.” Trust extended an invitation to the woman to stand in the NOW, leaving the past behind and believing the path into her future was safe and secure in God. NOW is a place of peace and rest in which anxiety and worry vanish in the beauty of God’s love for you. That day in the hut, the woman was content to rest in the moment. It was enough for her. He was enough for her.
She walked over to a large comfortable chair in the middle of the room and she sat down. She felt a bit tired after the emotional upheaval of the day. In a few moments she drifted off to sleep, a deep sleep in which she began to dream.
Walking along the seashore, she suddenly turned to see that Jesus was walking with her. For a few moments, they did not speak. The waves filled the air with nature’s gracious sounds. Then He turned to her, looked her straight in the eyes and said, “What is it you want My child?”
She was taken back by this question. She thought, “You mean I can actually answer this?” Looking at her again, the Lord said, “Yes.” She realized that He knew exactly what she thought before she even uttered any words. She smiled. “I want to live. I want a life that is free, moving in creativity and grace. I want each day to be a journey, an adventure with you. The most important thing Lord is quite simple. I want to be me. That is the cry of my heart.”
The Lord looked at he with this wonderful smile and then spoke, “All along you have had that open door of freedom, My child. It was you that continued to live within the confines of the hut. The hut was simply the outer reflection of a life that had lost passion and purpose. This mundane hut, as you called it,” He said with a smile. “lacked beauty because you lived in a life of hopelessness and dread, fear and disillusionment. There is no color in a life lived like that when all along I have promised you life in abundance. Am I a God that lies?” Before she said a word, He smiled and said, “Let me answer that. No I’m not.”
She was silent for some time as they continued to walk along the shore. She did not speak but she thought. “When I took my eyes off of Him, I lost vision and focus. I lived in that reality that I created myself. The confusion, the pain – they decorated the walls of my life. Hopelessness formed my days in sorrow and grief. The hut – so lackluster, so dark. That was my choice when I stopped worshipping. My pain, my fears – they were my life and had me bound in staring at the Palace each day. I did not live. I existed.”
Suddenly she reached out and grabbed both of His hands so hard that she almost fell over. ‘Lord I want to live. I want to be Me. I want to be the woman that you created.” There was so much passion in her voice, that she felt a bit taken back by her boldness and courage in the presence of her Lord. “Can I be this bold? Can I?”
She looked at Him, half expecting Him to rebuke her for her presumption, but He didn’t. He threw His head back and laughed. “How odd!” thought the woman. “Shouldn’t He be a bit more serious? This is my life you know.” Then suddenly, she looked at Him, smiled and also began to laugh – very hard. He had it all worked out. He was enough. In Him she lived and moved and had her being. There were the two of them on the beach that day laughing. She laughed. She ran. She danced. And she shouted.
Psalm 30:11-12 11 You did it: you changed wild lament into whirling dance; You ripped off my black mourning band and decked me with wildflowers.12 I’m about to burst with song; I can’t keep quiet about you. God, my God, I can’t thank you enough. The Message Bible
As she awoke from the dream, she was filled with joy unspeakable and full of glory. Feeling energized, she jumped up from the chair and threw open the windows to let the fresh wind blow unhindered through the hut. She raced around moving furniture in new places in creative ways. Throwing the wilted flowers away, she ran outside to pick a fresh bouquet for her table. She cleaned and cleaned and cleaned for hours. The day was a whirlwind of activity as she moved into the NOW of His presence. At the end of the day, she sat in the chair and looked around, quite satisfied and peaceful. The beauty of who she was flowed through her that day and all comparison and hopelessness left, never to come back again. Her creativity was alive because of His great love for her. There was nothing left to do that day but to sleep and to dream and that is what she did. And, perhaps that will be another story. J
The Author’s Note
I will leave you with this picture of a woman falling asleep in her chair in perfect peace. Able to dream again and to live again because of Jesus Christ, there are more stories to come and great creativity to flow.
I will let you imagine more chapters in this story if you choose. If I gave you anything more, you would start to emulate her or her journey and then you would not live your own life in Christ, just as you are. This is just a starting point for you to find out about yourself. Look around. Take off the grave clothes my friends.
Throw out the past, forgive and dance and move in the NOW. You have not been promised tomorrow and the past is gone. You have today and today is the day where lives are lived and choices are made. Make them in Christ, not looking at outward circumstances or situations.
He who has called you is faithful and He will do it. Life has ups and downs, sadness and joy, good days and bad days and he is always faithful. He is our assurance in a world of chaos. Live your life with passion and purpose outside of the confines of what your mind tells you that you can and cannot do. Live without comparison. Do not look to the left or the right but live the life that God has created you to live. Dream again in possibilities that God has planned for your future right where you are. He has placed you on the earth for such a time as this.
For me, there are many more stories for many more days to come. I never quite want to figure life out or to make it robotic or cloned. I don’t want to live in a template that someone has designed for me. I don’t want to be normal, mundane or boring. I am alive in Christ. He is enough. He has answered the desire of my heart to live and to be me. There is no greater joy in life than to BE who He has created you to BE.
So, look around your hut. Find your answer in Christ. Live. Dream. Love.
Over the next month I will try to create a PDF file at Http://www.riversofeden.com so that this may be a mini-book able to be downloaded. I will edit and go deeper into some parts and who knows where it will go right? I love all who have taken the time to read.