This blog is not an ode to coffee cups, throw blankets, or black and white photography. Combine these things with a rocking chair on a porch and a deep sigh will escape my lips. A peaceful weariness overtakes me as I yearn for that place. The place in the photograph that is perfectly still; perfectly quiet; perfectly restful. Are you looking at the photograph now? If so, and you are like myself I bet you are thinking, “Oh, for such a place I would be grateful,” or less eloquently (with a hint of envy), “Must be nice to have a quiet retreat like that.”
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. This quiet retreat is perfect because it doesn’t exist. The photo is real, but the objects in it don’t usually share that space. In fact, the coffee cup, the rocking chair, and the front porch are not even mine.
Carefully staged to give form to my imagination of what rest looks like, the photo indeed makes me sigh every time I look at it.
REST. It is a four-letter-word. Not in the sense of most words of that type; but in our rush-about, to-do list driven life, trust me rest is a four-letter-word. I would actually go so far as to say that we have completely lost sight of what the word means. I am no exception. If there is one thing you need to know up front, it is that I am absolutely not an expert on the topic, or anything else for that matter. I don’t know how to rest. I have endless to-do lists. It seems like no matter how much I sleep I do not feel rested. And let me tell you from experience that when you are worn and weary, being grateful is almost impossible.
Look again at the photo. See the open book in the center? It is clear in contrast with everything else around it. In fact, the further away you get from it, the fuzzier everything appears. If you believe like I do then you probably know where I am going with this. The open book is the Bible. And the further away you get from the Scriptures, the fuzzier life gets. Even our views on things we might deem simple, such as rest, can get distorted if we don’t filter them through the truths of scripture. Compared to what the Bible has to say about rest and gratefulness, my imagination pales in comparison. Jesus himself says in Matthew 11:28-29 that if you come to Him you will find rest for your soul. Not just for your body, but for your soul. That is a profound rest.
This blog is simply a place for me to share as I learn the art of grateful rest. Learn with me? Whether you are a single woman, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a widow, a husband looking to encourage his wife; whatever stage of life you are in, my prayer is that this quiet place of mine can also be a blessing to you. Be still. Be thankful. Go boldly to the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16).