I did not write a blog post last week. I felt too tired and stressed. I needed rest. God is patiently teaching me to take care of my body in a way that honors him. Physical rest goes hand-in-hand with spiritual rest. In the last few days, when I lacked sufficient sleep, my anger level rose. My tongue could easily have become a sword of destruction.
Amazingly, during this time, the Holy Spirit gave me songs and poems to build up my faith and to share with others. I also have a patient and loving husband who listens as I struggle to get to the place of faith and rest.
Does that mean that it’s okay for me to neglect physical rest? No, indeed. That would be presumptuous–doing something I, because of the limits of my body, have no right to do. At times, it’s okay for me to go without sleep in order to perform a task God’s called me to do. He provides grace for that.
Most of the time, God’s plan for my day includes physical rest. When I provide for physical rest, I cooperate with the Holy Spirit, as he works to produce spiritual growth in my life. When I neglect physical rest, I resist the work of the Holy Spirit. Not a good idea!
Making every effort to “supplement your faith with virtue,[e]and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love” (2 Peter 1:5-7 ESV), includes making the effort to secure my physical rest.
Neglecting to do so could mean that I will needlessly go through another dark valley.
How many dark valleys of the soul
Must I go through before I find peace?
How much longer must I experience
Bouts of guilt, fear, shame, and unbelief?
Lord, I want the rest which you promised
To give to your weary sheep
I feel ashamed of my struggles
Fluctuations of faith bring me grief
Fluctuations are unknown to you
Always and forever, you are the same
I will cooperate with your Spirit
My hope is the integrity of your name.
I will continue pursuing you
Adding to my faith, goodness;
Adding to goodness, knowledge;
Adding to knowledge, self-control;
Adding to self-control, perseverance;
Adding to perseverance, godliness;
Adding to godliness, mutual affection;
Adding to mutual affection, love
Lord, whatever the future holds
Whatever pain, fear, or affliction
I know you will never desert me
I will rest in the truth of your affection
1/30/2018 Jane Ault