Molly’s favourite spot in the early morning, when I have made my coffee and settled myself in my recliner under my red “blankie”, is on my lap under the blanket. She goes to sleep again, content as a baby at its mother’s breast.

She is a very active little dog, but there are times during the day when she needs the reassurance of my lap, her warm little body resting on my legs. She relaxes with a sigh and goes to sleep like switching off a light. An hour or so later she wakes up, refreshed and ready for another excursion in the garden to chase the same ball or hunt the same “aliens” she hunted yesterday and the day before.

Rest! When Molly is on my lap, she is completely at rest.

She makes me think of the big subject of rest in the Bible. How often God calls us to rest in Him. We still have, buried deep in the old nature, the idea that God is only happy when we are “working” for Him.

I had a months-long struggle to come to terms with the fact that God was okay with my retirement. Day after day, I struggled with the guilt of not being actively involved in some or other “ministry” to prove my worth as a child of God.

Time and again, as I read through the Scriptures, I was reminded that God calls His children to a rest of faith. It’s not what I can do for Him that has any value, but what He has done for me, both in sending Jesus to take my place on the cross so that I could receive His gift of righteousness, and in supplying everything I need to live a godly life.

I reread the story of David who had been made king over all Israel after seven years of rule over Judah and Benjamin. When he had brought the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem and settled in his palace, he expressed to Nathan, the prophet, his desire to build a permanent place for the Ark.

Nathan encouraged him to follow his dream, but the Lord told him to tell David that He had never been dissatisfied with the tabernacle as a resting place for His presence. Instead, He pledged to build a “house” for David, a permanent dynasty that would continue until one came who would rule on David’s throne forever.

David was reminded that God was taking the initiative, not him, to build the house. David was once again overwhelmed with the goodness of God. It was all about Him. He would choose the one to build His house. David’s response was a grateful, “Do as you have said.”

How often, when we think we have done something remarkable for God, does it turn out that God has done something even more remarkable for us! Let us never think for a moment that God is beholden to us for anything.

How much better it is to settle down on the Father’s lap and rest in His love and goodness which He pours on us freely for no reason at all other than He loves us. My prayers in the morning, with Molly on my lap as a reminder, are peppered with times of resting in the love, goodness and favour of God, asking for nothing but grateful for the joy and privilege of being His daughter, holy and beloved because of His grace.

Life is too full of struggles and conflicts to allow them to intrude into our fellowship with the Father. He calls us to rest in the rough and tumble of life in a fallen world, and we would be foolish not to accept His invitation gladly and gratefully. There is no place more secure and peaceful than in the eternal love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.


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Luella Campbell

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