Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Nourishment: Rāpâ

Have you ever just craved nourishment?  How do you get it physically, emotionally, spiritually?  Because I have these questions and I want answers, I've asked a series of people to come in and share how they find nourishment.  Will you come along for the journey?  We will meet here every Thursday until the posts  run out.  Have something to share about nourishment?  Contact me and we will set a date!
Meet Erika.  I met Erika through the blog world (she's a fellow SDG sister) and she knocks my socks off every time I read her blog. She is authentic, she is honest, and oh, I just about thought she was peering into my life when I read this post.  Currently, she is writing a series on her blog about the importance of getting into His Word, so if you hunger for more scripture, her place is such the place to be.
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Today I feel like an impostor, coming here to write about nourishment when I am in much need of being feed.

And I’ve sought the Lord and I’ve asked of Him: what word would You speak through me, one struggling to learn even this? One who’s tried and failed and tried again, thinking each time that this,
maybe this,
maybe finally I’ve figured out what it means to be fed.

But I only discover my need again: I am hollow and faint and yearning to be filled,
to be fueled,
to be picked up and carried
and nursed back to health,
for this soul is malnourished and these bones feel so weak.

I’ve run in search of it, peeking high and stooping low,
Filling time with effort and moments with toil.
And I’m busy and I’m harried,
Hurried and rushed,
And life keeps me running.

When I finally slow down, when I have nothing to give, I spill out before Him:
Exhausted, empty, a soul quite bare,
And I hear that whisper,
the one I ignored in the commotion,
and shunned in my pride,
His whisper
nudging, lifting, promising Life:

Cease Striving.
Be still.

rāpâ: to hang limp, sink down, be feeble

And I wonder if I’ve ever done that?
I’m always trying, working, seeking to achieve.
But here, I’m commanded to sink down? Be feeble? Hang limp?!

rāpâ: to be lazy, leave alone, withdraw

But how Lord? With so much to do and many goals to achieve?
Be lazy?

And then like an embrace wrapped around my brokenness:

rāpâ: to show oneself slack

And I breathe deep, a sigh of relief:
Let go.
Cease Striving.
Be still.

Stop trying,
stop struggling,
Quit seeking to achieve.

Sometimes the deep nourishment we need comes in the letting go:
letting go of the image,
the lists,
and the goals,
sinking down into Him, that He might raise us up,
that in my weakness, He will be shown strong.

Sometimes we must hang limp, be lazy,
and show ourselves slack.

So take some time to
refocus
reprioritize.

We must rest and trust …

Just rest and know
That He. is. God.

We find nourishment in the rest of faith.

“The Christian life is no longer the vain struggle to live right, but the resting in Christ and finding strength in Him as our life, to fight the fight and gain the victory of faith.” With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray


Friend, do you need permission to be lazy and show yourself some slack? Rest and know that He is God.


To read more of Erika's writings and to subscribe to/follow her blog, More Time with Our Kids, visit her here.

10 comments :

  1. Oh yes, we just need to be still. And I totally understand. When Jen asked me to write on this subject, I thought, "Me? now?" Yet we all know the answer. So why is it so hard to be still?

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  2. if i don't read another blog post today, i know beyond a doubt that this is the one i was supposed to read. thank you. thank you. that was God speaking through her straight to me. what words of truth, of encouragement. . . my soul needed the nourishment.
    steph

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  3. I agree with Jen...these words could've been taking from my very own journal. Its refreshing to know I'm not alone. Thank you for your encouraging words this morning and for the nourishment.

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  4. Erika is one of my favorites as well. This is a beautiful piece. It teaches me how to be hungry, when I should be, and am not.

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  5. Oh Ladies, you BLESS me! Thank you for your kind words, and so thankful for a God who understands that we're 'but dust' and breathes life and peace and hope right in to fill us.

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  6. Erika...this post felt like air-released-after-breath-held-too-long.
    I could feel the sigh...the relief.
    Of resting in Him.

    Selah -- "to pause and value"

    This post was beautiful...thank you.

    Jen-thank you for the kind words. I've missed visiting over here...

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  7. Thank you both.
    So tired.
    And so tired of being tired.

    Rest.
    yes.

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  8. breath of fresh air Erika:} Thanks for introducing me to this dear sister and thank you for touching with your words from His heart:}

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  9. Just resting in Him. Being lazy, hanging limp. It's very difficult a task and I had to go deep to learn at least a little of it. But these days one of my absolute favourite verses is Psalm 3:5

    "I lie down and sleep;
    I wake again, because the LORD sustains me."

    It just fills me with such... something. Peace, love, relief... Gives me an awesome feeling of being loved beyond everything. Safe.

    So I keep reminding myself of this verse and keep learning to rest in Him - despite all the busy bees around me that tend to make me feel guilty about the laziness...

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  10. Thanks for this blog. I like it, i like it. You are honest.

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