Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. Psalm 91:1-2
Most folks jump for joy when they hear its the first day of spring. The warmer weather. The longer days of sunlight. I, on the other hand, load up on tissues, throat lozenges, and Benadryl. I brace myself because I know....POLLEN IS COMING.
As soon as everything becomes coated in yellow dust, my eyes begin to water, and my nose starts to drip. Allergies turn me into an extra for The Walking Dead as my congested head seems separated from the rest of my body. The worst part is how all that coughing and sneezing keeps me up at night, preventing me from getting any solid shut-eye. Instead, I toss and turn, utterly restless. Frustration sets in when the elusive state of peace remains just out of my reach.
Restlessness on a physical level, like when we have allergies, lets us know that something isn't right with our body. Spiritual restlessness speaks to a disconnect on a heart level. Our souls will remain unsettled until we find something worthy of our worship. For some of us, those aches and pains aren't constant. We can dull the symptoms by utilizing wealth, relationships, hobbies, addictions, etc. At best, it's a short-sighted distraction capable of only lasting so long.
When the deeper questions of life creep in or we encounter uncomfortable circumstances, the soul searches for an anchor to provide security. All of these aches are the heart searching for a place to rest. Whether we realize it or not, we are longing for God in those moments. The contentment we seek only comes through an encounter with Christ and His life-changing grace.
However, restlessness isn't reserved solely for those who are searching for hope. As believers, we can experience unsettled and confusing times. We feel fidgety due to mistaking non-stop worrying with praying. It might stem from feeling convicted over our actions and the Holy Spirit speaking into those places. Then, there as those times when God won't allow us to let something go because He's placed it purposefully on our hearts. He wants us to display courage, to take a step faith, or move us into a new season.
And finally, restlessness reminds us this place isn't our home. We live in a broken world. The intimacy and connection to Christ we might feel right now pales in comparison to what we will experience later on. It simply serves as a glimpse into something more glorious.
When you find yourself tossing and turning, pay attention and take note. God uses our restlessness to bring us closer to Him and awaken us to our need for His grace and direction in our lives.
Where are you experiencing restlessness? What causes you to be uneasy or unsettled in this place?
What do you believe God might be trying to teach you through these feelings?
God, let me find contentment in You, and You alone. Help me to address those places where my heart is restless. Give me the insight to know what is driving these feelings and let me look to You for wisdom and security. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.