Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Day of Nothing and Everything

Do you see the fish?
In doing nothing,
somehow, I scooped up everything.
In my rest, I felt Him.
I didn't have to draw near,
He was already there,
just waiting for me.
Pleased, pleasant, friend,
this God that I serve,
who loved me on a day where I gave
nothing but my obedience
to lay down everything
and pick up nothing
for one day.
And oh how my heart opened,
and naturally received,
all that He has been wanting to give me
for so long.

Did you know,
you can lay there,
and just listen to His voice?
On my yoga mat,
Lord, prepare Me to be a Sanctuary,
played on my iPhone,
and I sang the words,
and my mind drifted,
but there, without full intention,
just me, as I was,
He heard.
He loved.
He laughed.

Who knew,
that on a day that I picked up nothing
and laid down everything,
that I would walk away so full?
And this is nourishment.
This what it means to be filled
by nothing but Him and the 
things that He gives us
which provide pleasure
and relief
and rest.

Oh how He longs for us to just enjoy,
not just to fill our days,
but to be filled,
as water into the glass,
without effort,
without struggle,
a cool cascade of love,
of life,
of rest.

May you have a day.
May you have a Sabbath.
May you have Him.
Can you make out a faint cross?
And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to live in obedience to Him.  Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught.  Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all He has done.
Colossians 2: 6-7, NLT

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22 comments :

  1. Beautiful. Thank you for this encouragement!

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  2. nice...yes it is on those days when we do nothing...those moments when we do nothing we seem to be able to see and hear the best....good stuff....

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  3. It's in the being rather than the doing that I find Him too :)
    (stopping by from Imperfect Prose)

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  4. Beautiful!

    Blessings and prayers,
    andrea

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  5. this was absolutely beautiful. just the words i needed to hear right now. thanks for the encouragement.

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  6. Love this - "Who knew, that on a day that I picked up nothing and laid down everything, that I would walk away so full?" Beautiful, Jen!

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  7. Oh Jen, I am so glad that you are still doing this.

    Enjoy! :)

    Maria

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  8. Lovely! Good for you for obeying that call. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is not to do. Peace of Christ to you.

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  9. WOW this is beautiful. I love going on retreats and you so transported me to a mini one through your words. Thanks

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  10. Yes, there is a difference between filling our days with Him verses filling our days with "things." If we have too many "things," it doesn't leave much room for Him, does it?

    I liked this poem.

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  11. love love love days like these. a blessing.

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  12. Hi Jen, this is an awesome reminder of living in Christ. It's fun to "meet" a sister in Christ who is in the same neck of the woods~ we both posted about the rain a few weeks ago!

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  13. Hi Jen, What a refreshing post. Not only was it beautifully, heart-fully written...but it served as a tutorial of sorts. ( " I love the imagery...

    "on a day that I picked up nothing and laid down everything" WOW! Those need to be lyrics in a worship song! And for me, they will rattle around in my brain and find their way to my heart!

    I very much needed to read this! Thank you, sweet sister!

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  14. love this. i find it so hard to do nothing... but these are the moments, you are right, when God meets us. thank you beautiful jen. you minister to me.

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  15. beautiful....doing nothing and coming away full...lovely

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  16. "Oh how He longs for us to just enjoy,
    not just to fill our days,
    but to be filled,
    as water into the glass,
    without effort,
    without struggle,
    a cool cascade of love,
    of life,
    of rest."

    So good! He has definitely been teaching me this. I have chronic illness that has caused me to slow down over the past year and a half. But, He is teaching me to enjoy even the days that must be set aside for rest and spent in bed.

    It's a hard lesson for this go getter/type A, but a needed lesson.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Good for you for taking a rest! Looks like it was a beautiful day for it! The rest of us had best heed your advice quickly before we have to make snow angels just to keep warm, while lying there. :) You are so loved.

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  18. i am finding this too Jen. :)
    xo

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