Vince Lombardi said, “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” Like it or not, we all need rest. It’s logical. Yet as someone who likes to go, go, go…I don’t like to rest. As I wondered why I had such difficulty resting, Pastor Pete Scazzero’s quote humbled me: “The core spiritual issue in stopping revolves around trust. Will God take care of us and our concerns if we obey him by stopping to keep the Sabbath?” Bingo. By not stopping, I’m communicating that I don’t trust God. Worse, I’m saying I am God. Of course, I would never utter those words nor do I believe them…but my actions say otherwise. I’ve been practicing Sabbath rest each week for the last month. I’m a rookie rest-er, but I’m loving this new rhythm. God is God, and I am not.
Butterflies. At first, we think of all the pretty colors, beautiful patterns on their wings, and how gracefully they flutter through the air. We aren’t first to remember the little crawlers starting off on the ground. Still beautiful in their own way, they come in all different colors and sizes with different designs and so forth. But they weren’t meant to stay that way. To become a butterfly, the caterpillar must be transformed. There is a process. They go inside the cocoon they have made and there they wait. They have done everything they know to do up to this point. We do everything we can, being obedient as best we can, and then the rest is out of our control. If we submit to the transformation process, the Lord will do the rest. Then, not only will we emerge from our cocoons bigger, stronger, and with more vibrancy…we will fly!