I’d like to start something in this space that I pray would be both meditative for me and encouraging for you.
I am familiar with the “Sunday Scaries” phenomenon and often prone to experiencing dread. The week looms in front of me, as I’m sure it does for many, and I get overwhelmed.
My focus narrows to myself, if I’m honest–my anxieties, my dissatisfaction, and my weariness.
It sometimes feels all but impossible to redirect my focus to God’s sovereignty, fullness, and power.
With that being said, I’d like to fight the Sunday Scaries with Sunday Solace. “Solace” not only scores points for alliteration, but I think the definition is perfect for what I’d like to convey through these posts.
solace: comfort or consolation in times of distress or sadness
I can’t speak to each personal situation or calm every fear, but I can offer a little comfort. On a night when many of us are faced with stress and even a little sadness, we can take a few minutes to come before the Lord. He is the author of all comfort, and I know He will respond when we ask for consolation.
Tonight, I’d like to start with Isaiah 30:15.
I’ve had this verse on display in my kitchen on a little notecard for probably over a year now. I’m not sure when, if ever, it will be removed from its spot because I think it is a great daily reminder.
For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel,
“In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”
Isaiah 30:15 (ESV)
Where does this verse say our safe place is?
In returning and in rest.
The culture of this world believes we should do the opposite. It is up to us to make sure our life is meaningful and worthwhile. We are to save ourselves from every failure and discontentment. And so we work hard, try to be good, and find ways to fill our time. We keep moving forward and strive to be acceptable.
It is exhausting and it is impossible.
Thankfully, God’s kingdom doesn’t work this way.
Instead, our safe place is being near to God. He does all of the work and holds all of the power. He wrote the redemption plan that rescued us, and He has already composed each of our days. When we find ourselves far from where we’d like to be, it won’t do us any good to keep pushing ahead and figure out our circumstances by ourselves.
Instead, we need to turn around.
We need to remind ourselves of His promises, and then we rest quietly in His presence. This verse says that trusting Him is what gives us strength.
No matter what you have coming this week, I encourage you to take a few steps backward.
The world might say you’re going the wrong way or that you’re falling behind. You might feel like you don’t have a spare minute and have to keep moving.
We can rest assured, however, that turning toward Him will never be wasted.