Find Rest, Oh My Soul

My sleep patterns have been seriously jacked up since coming back from Cincinnati. Last night I was up super late– 7:15 PM. Yesterday, while in church listening to Stephen preach one of his best messages ever, an emotion came over me. I realized something and it sent chills down my spine. It’s not just me that is struggling to find rest right now. It’s everyone I know.

We are all off-kilter on rest. Even when some of us rest, we are still working or thinking about work or dreaming up things that result in work. Even in our rest, we are chasing after kids. On and on. In our rest, we are not really resting at all.

That’s why this week I am praying this Psalm as a prayer for myself, my family, and my friends. I pray that we find rest:

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from him.He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

My salvation and my honor depend on God ;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.

Psalm 62:5-8





4 responses to “Find Rest, Oh My Soul”

  1. Ashley Smith Avatar

    exactly what I need to hear…
    thank you

  2. Shawn Michael Shoup Avatar

    Phew! You are right… coming back from a weekend youth convention. These words are life to me right now. Thanks for sharing.

    Looking forward to ATL! (where I pray you’ll be able to find rest in the midst of pouring yourself out for youth workers)

  3. Marty Estes Avatar

    Wow. Thank you for this word this morning, Adam. I too, am struggling for rest. (I have a 2 year old and a 1 year old!) May we rest in the only One who can bring true relief.

  4. Tim Young Avatar

    I read recently (sorry, I don’t remember where) that if you have to use an alarm clock to get up, then you’re not getting enough sleep. I know that irregular sleep patterns are often indications of things happening on a spiritual level, but on a practical and more physical level, it may be that we (people in general) just need to focus on getting more sleep.

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