Daily Delight

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The other day, I was spending time with God, just resting in His presence. There was so much peace, but nothing remarkable was happening beyond that. Suddenly, my thoughts turned toward my mom, how I missed her and wished she were near. She lives several states away from me now, and this is still a new normal for me. As I was thinking about her, I realized that I hadn’t seen her in person in well over a year. At that, I started bawling. Lying in the Lord’s presence, bawling. I had a good cry as the pain swept over me and God came even closer. He has a way of playing the keys of my heart with tones of rich love. What struck me most about this experience was that I had no idea I was carrying such sadness over missing my mom. In the Lord’s kindness, He revealed a sadness in my heart so He could bring comfort and healing. I felt wildly known and perfectly loved.

The kicker is, I don’t think we would have shared this moment if I hadn’t been alone with Him, drinking in His rest. Being still with God on a regular basis is a fairly new thing for me, and man am I recognizing the importance of entering His rest. I wonder what other things He wants to bring to the surface, or heal, or exchange, or simply talk to me about? Am I - are we - missing out on the intimacy with God we crave because we haven’t chosen rest?

In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” 
-Isaiah 30:15 (ESV)

There is power in positioning yourself in the Lord's presence. When we quiet ourselves before Him, we get right up in His space. He loves when we get in His way. He longs for us to get in His way. Mary chose to sit at Jesus’ feet while Martha busied herself in the kitchen, and this is what Jesus had to say about it: “…few things are needed - or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her,” (Luke 10:42, NIV).

{words: @kerrinicoler ; photo: @elissagram}

About the Author

Kerri Nicole Ruffer≫ ≫ Kerri is an old soul with a penchant for iced coffee, neutrals, and Nashville’s stunning sunsets. Her writing comes from a creative overflow of learning to navigate life with a caring and intentional Father God. In addition to writing and pursuing creative projects, she is a ministry school graduate, entrepreneur, and former donut slinger. For more of Kerri, visit her Instagram @kerrinicoler for a caption-by-caption love story of Nashville, travel, and life with our kindest Friend and Companion.


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