Today has been so encouraging that I would like to share it with you before my weekly update.
I found this day so refreshing after all the negative issues that I have been unearthing so far in this fast.
For a start we looked at one of my favourite passages from The Message:
‘Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.’ [Matthew 11:28-30]
I just love that expression: ‘Learn the unforced rhythms of grace’.
Cindy spoke about God being the God of balance. Of how He gives us sleep and the Sabbath to bring rest and recreation [an interesting word – re-creation, making anew].
She spoke about the ebb and flow of life. I recalled how at times my life expands in all directions, endless possibilities. Before I start to spread myself too thin, I’m urged to reflect and prune – a time to focus on which area to concentrate on.
This fast is just such a time of reflection. Around the time I retired, I had all sorts of plans of what I could do: I wanted to share what I had learned as a nurse, to spend more time on my crochet and photography. Now it seems that my varied interests and strengths can be focussed on my blog.
‘The Sabbath [the day of rest] provides access to the inner rhythm of creation itself, where the soul can be weaned from the world’s control and mentored by God. It is a time to be your true self; not a role you play. There is great mystery in ceasing to do and yet accomplishing more. That is what God promises He will do through you – if, that is, you are willing to trust He can run the universe without you.’
Are you following the Soul Fast? What are your experiences?