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WateringHole: Come to Me

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So what is the Watering Hole?

Last year I was at the Foursquare Heartland District Conference with the staff of Springs of Life in Indiana. The theme of this conference was BEHOLD. The whole conference over and over again was reinforced with the image of Jesus our Shepherd. They encouraged us to really follow The Shepherd of our souls. That’s when it happened. Right there in the middle of worship, I got this vision of pools of water purposefully created for the sheep to drink deep so that the sheep, who were also like trees in this vision, could develop deep roots in Christ. Watering Hole is a simple space for those who hear the call of the Shepherd’s voice to “Come and get a drink.”

In this vision, I had also sensed that the Lord wanted me to take what my Pastor was saying to our church and say it again. That is how this blog got the name Sunday2Monday. Each week I will retranslate what I hear through my ears and spirit, what is said on Sunday, on Monday.  I want to keep the truth nuggets that the Lord is giving our church. I want to grow deeper this year. I figure the only way to do that,  is to stop letting the lessons and the treasure of the Word, pass me by. I am getting intentional and I invite whoever wants to join me on this journey to comment and share that journey too. If you missed the first one and how to join me, you can click here.

The Watering Hole will be posted sometime during the week. A virtual stopping space during our crazy, hectic, and wildly beautiful week to week lives to breathe deep and take a drink at the well of the Lord.

So here is today’s drink:

Jesus said, “Come to Me.”  Come if you’re busy. Come if you’re tired. Come if you carry heavy loads. Come to Me and I will give you rest. Rest is something that is fleeting for me.  My mind is so busy with what needs to be done that I didn’t sleep well last night. The last couple of weeks since the new year began, my church has been busy getting everything ready for the new year. A schedule full of retreats, guest speakers, leadership meetings, new processes, systems and budget talks. It’s enough to give me a brain cramp. To find rest in this busy time takes more than just turning the tv off or putting my phone down. It takes more than taking a nap or popping a B12. It takes more than me using more effort to get rest. It takes Jesus. I don’t know why I think that more exertion in a different way will get me rest but I certainly try. Sometimes I seriously think, that I think, that if I just put my earbuds in and shut the world off, clean the kitchen and go for a walk that that will get me some rest. How did I come to the conclusion that “do more” equals rest? Seriously! I just annoy myself.

No, I simply need to listen to His voice calling, “Come to ME!”  I did succeed one day. I remember it very clearly.  It was one of those days where the pile just kept getting higher and I felt like I was never going to get out from under it. Most the time,  I would have buckled down and dug in harder, skipping lunch and not taking a break. But this day, this day,  I heard Him and I listened. I ended up in the bathroom for 5 mins in the silence. I didn’t pray, you know, the prayers of “GOD HELP ME!” No, instead I simply worshipped, calling my soul to come taste and see that He is good. When I was done I felt rest. A real life changing, attitude adjusting kind of rest.

Rest isn’t just about stopping or taking a day off. Rest is about communion. It is when I am done trying to do it alone. Instead of running harder when I hear His knock on my soul-heart door, I turn and answer it. He is all the rest I need.

Matt 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Jesus says “Learn from me.” I instantly think of how He got away from the crowd and the hustle and just took time to commune with His Father. He walked away from the world and so can we.

Drink Deep His Presence Today!

Thanks for listening,

Starla

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