Thankful Rest

…our news feeds and Instagram reels show just one perspective of reality

There is this argument that says that Instagram is just a highlights reel. It’s not the every second of every day that gives a holistic perspective of reality. It is one focus and one side. Mainly they are discussing Authenticity and Integrity in the online world. However, it is true that our news feeds and Instagram reels show just one perspective of reality. We do it with our mindset too like when we write in a Gratitude journal or use the first 5-10 minutes of the day to intentionally set our head space. We get to choose what we focus on.

We can start to focus on the storm and questions become worries becomes anxiety

Life can get overwhelming and busy fast, that is not always something we can change no matter how hard we try to minimise, simplify and declutter. We can start to focus on the storm and questions become worries becomes anxiety. Doing the next right thing seems more difficult because we can’t see the beginning from the end. It suddenly becomes bigger than we are. Especially when our dreams and plans shatter into a hundred pieces and we are left crying on the floor wondering how there can even be a next – hard, crazy, messy life.

When we hit the bottom and we feel we have nothing left to give, we can still give thanks

But the next, that is the perspective shift. When we hit the bottom and we feel we have nothing left to give, we can still give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18). We can look for the calm in the storm. The fact that everything works together and regardless of what happens He knows, He has a plan. That is the beautiful thing about Genesis 50:20 ‘As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.’ – he is a preemptive God and its not a surprise to Him that you are where you are, even if you didn’t see it coming. It may not have been of Him, but it can be used for Him. He knows the plan and we can focus on him – ‘I lift up my eyes to the mountains– where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.’ Psalm 121:1

Rest if you trust. Not rest if you try and do it yourself by taking a nap then getting up and going on rest.

As we shift our perspective, lift our eyes (Psalms 121:1) and give thanks we can come to the call in Matthew 11:28 to ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.’ Rest if you trust. Not rest if you try and do it yourself by taking a nap then getting up and going on rest. Real rest, even when life wants to overwhelm and destroy our peace. It is not easy. It is hard. So we can practice, we can get up again and try again. If we work on giving thanks and resting day to day, when the big things come, it is part of what we do.

…you don’t have to do it all in your own strength… you have a backup that is consistent and present

When life gets hard, and we hit our weaknesses we can be encouraged by 2 Corinthians 12:9 ‘But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in . Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.’ There is that rest word again, you don’t have to do it all in your own strength. Even when your parenting solo – you have a backup that is consistent and present. It is what Graham Cooke wrote in ‘Why I am not Desperate for God‘. It is what they mean when you read ‘Fully known and Deeply Loved’. He wont leave us or forsake us. You don’t miss out on Grace and Love and Presence just because there is no backup human-parent-person. You can be thankful for Him, trust and rest because of Him.

Create an honest authentic highlight reel

Those first 5-10 minutes of every day – use those to set your head space up well. They are powerful – just like the first two hours of the day are supposed to be the most productive. Use them well. Create an honest authentic highlight reel. Remember you are loved and love wins. Give Thanks. Lift your eyes. Rest.

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