"This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it." Isaiah 30:15
I love my Saturday morning bike rides. The smell of juniper, the sound of the whippoorwill, the rush of the water in the lake. It does the soul so much good.
This morning I encountered an earthworm frantically trying to make it across the wider section of the sidewalk, and he was struggling. As the sun was peaking up over the horizon, there was no doubt this worm was soon to meet his doom without assistance, as he had already lost the greater part of his body moisture. Walking back to pick him up and place him in the cool grass, he struggled ferociously, heading back to the sidewalk. Picking him up again, it was the same thing. Finally, he relented and allowed me to place him back in the wet grass where he burrowed deep into the cool sod.
Oh, how often you and I are like Mr. Earthworm. The cool, sustaining life is but inches away and God so desperately longs to give it to us. Yet, like the earthworm, we struggle against His goodness, His kindness, His love and life for us. We make this life so much harder than it needs to be.
The Holy Bible tells us in John 6:63, "The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life."
May we stop squirming today and find true rest, real life in Him.