It’s the month of the JINGLE BELLS!!!
Though I’m yet to get a good feel of the Christmas spirit.
No lights, no decorations and no gift hampers, on every street corner or roadside stall.
And to my all-time favorite, when are the carols starting??
“Hello Santa, are you on leave too?” Hehe.
So yours sincerely, got a one-week leave from work…I’m not even a month into this house job thing and my name comes out first on the leave roster.
No special request or anything. Just like that.
Initially, I wanted to swap dates with another colleague, but as God would have it, this LEAVE was a timely excuse to visit my family and get one or two things done.
Then I needed some physical, mental and even spiritual REST (plus a CHANGE of environment) because my job has definitely taken a toll on me. Tbh, the past 3 or so weeks on the job feels like 3 months already but I’m thankful for the journey so far.
The theme for this month is REST. And here are a few things God is teaching me about it:
1. REST is not a Suggestion, it is an Instruction.
If we go through the scriptures carefully, we’d observe that the SABBATH was given as a commandment for the Israelites and they were to dedicate that day to God as a form of WORSHIP. (Exodus 20:8-11)
2. It is in the place of REST, that Strength is drawn.
No one explains this more beautifully than the Psalmist,
“He lets me rest in fields of green grass and leads me to quiet pools of fresh water. He gives me new strength. He guides me in the right paths, as he has promised.”
Psalms 23:2-3 GNB
3. Focus is a byproduct of REST, while distractions are an evidence of a restless spirit.
No wonder Jesus says,
““Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you REST. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest.”
Matthew 11:28-29 GNB
Truth is, a restless spirit cannot hear from God and we must be quiet enough to hear God’s still, small (yet loud and clear) voice, and receive instructions for each phase of our individual journeys.
That’s my heart-cry this season, and you’re welcome to join in too. As I embrace his rest, I receive instructions for this phase of my journey and I go from STRENGTH to STRENGTH . Amen.
Here’s a verse from one of my favorite songs:
“Find rest my soul,
In Christ alone,
Know his power,
In quietness and trust.”
So like I mentioned in a previous post, I recently moved to a new town. That meant leaving everything that was familiar to me- my family, what few friends I had, my (new) church and the likes.
If you’re an old timer on this blog, you would have noticed how I don’t like stress one bit, which includes that of moving to a new place.
I easily get addicted to my “comfort zone” and I prefer a kind of LIFE I can have a say about (the timing, the place, the people etc) 🙈
Recently, I was reminded of this scripture:
“LORD, I know that no one is the master of his own destiny; no person has control over his own life.”
Jeremiah 10:23 GNB
In an earlier conversation with God about this Housejob thingy, he asked me, “So what do you (specifically) want?”
I came up with some STRONG points:
– I want a place not too far from home and church (so I can continue to enjoy my family and “serve” the brethren)😉
– There are some (God-inspired) projects at hand that I need to execute (at my pace and convenience, lol)
So in my mind I was thinking, “It has to be Ibadan, it just makes perfect sense.”
Then there were well-meaning voices around me confessing the same too..lol. I even gave God a deadline about when I wanted the job blah, blah.
[Lesson learnt: Never attempt to teach God his own job. His PLAN, His TIMING].
The irony was, when the job finally came I felt “zero prepared” but this line from Christine Caine’s book, UNSTOPPABLE, gets me all the time:
“When God calls us and sends us, we are ready whether we feel like we are or not.”
Anyway, like in so many previous instances of my life, God had something BIGGER and BETTER in mind, according to his own PERFECT purpose. I must confess I’m yet to grasp even half of that picture.
“My thoughts,” says the LORD, “are not like yours, and my ways are different from yours. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways and thoughts above yours.” Isaiah 55:8-9 GNB
At some point, the only answer I was receiving as per my Housejob prayer was “I HAVE ALREADY TAKEN CARE OF IT.”
He reminded me of my stay in Lagos, which I wrote about here, here and here.
The challenges I shared on the blog were a mere fraction of what I actually experienced. But I’m doubly thankful for that phase of my journey, because it became a reference point for this new season.
Things that usually would have stressed me out are now what I embrace as mere adventures. Moving to Lokoja came with its share of challenges, but there was a WORD already for the season:
“My help will come from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”
Psalms 121:2 GNB
And this has literally been my reality from the application process, to the interview, uptil now.
Every where I go, there is at least one person eager to be of assistance to me and I just see God’s hands working things out for my good because He is Amazing like that!
My point is, God always comes through for us in every phase if we learn to trust him.
I don’t mean there won’t be challenges, but with God, no challenge is insurmountable.
So no matter what you’re facing at this time, take time to REST in God’s faithfulness and he’ll come through for you.
❤️ Guess who is in town??😉
Who else has seen this Movie?
1. Unglued Devotional (Lysa Terkeurst)
2. The Meaning of Marriage (Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller)
3. The Purpose driven Life (Rick Warren)
4. Understanding the purpose and power of a man (Myles Munroe)
5. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People (Stephen R. Covey)
6. The Bible: ROMANS
PS: What do you think about these tee shirts (designed by yours truly) and which is your preference?