Acorns From Oakes

Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

Rest

You made the wrong decision…took the wrong path. It wasn’t that you didn’t know better…you did. But you were able to stifle the voices that warned you, including the one in your own heart. Oh yes, you had your reasons/excuses. We always do, don’t we? But you didn’t fully anticipate the downward spiral your life was about to take or the trap in which you would be caught. The damage was much more far-reaching than you could have ever dreamed. You hurt people who loved you deeply. And now you can’t undo what you’ve done. The shame you feel…the hopeless feeling that lives in you… the guilt you always carry around…the conviction that you are absolutely worthless…all of this represents a terrible burden that has made your heart weary…so very weary. How long has it been since you felt peace…since you looked forward to the day? Listen, please…in spite of how you feel, there is hope and help in Jesus! It is to very weary souls, like yours, that Jesus promises sweet rest. Can you hear Him? Come here…come to MeI will rest you!

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  1. Oh Doug…how do you speak so directly to my heart? That is exactly what I did. That is exactly how I felt. Weary is the perfect word to describe my heart and soul. The path I chose was wrong and I knew it. I thought maybe I would just go there for awhile and come back to what I knew was right later on… The problem with that path? There was a trap and I got stuck there for 20 years. Thankfully, my loving Father devised a way to get me back home. He sent His servant Rex to find me and show me Jesus…to love me like Jesus loves me. To help me find that rest in Him.

    When I was trying to find my way back to the life God intended, I was reading my Bible. When I came across the verse “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest….for my yoke is easy and my burden is light”
    I could not stop crying. I hadn’t even realized how weary and broken and burdened I was….but that rest sounded so good to me. I didn’t think I deserved it, but oh how I wanted it!! Thank God, He put me in a group of people that helped me get that rest and helped to ease my burden.

    God has been so very good to me…in providing a place for me to rest, in providing people that let me rest, in providing healing and growing and goodness. He has shown me that Yes He can work all things together for good matter of fact 🙂

    • Doug the Old on said:

      Twenty years stuck. One day is too long. Twenty years is so very long. I am so glad we belong to the only One Who is able to restore the years that the locusts have eaten (Joel 2:25), i.e., He is able to unstick us. When we have so thoroughly reduced ourselves to ashes, sorrow and heaviness, He is able to exchange these for a garland, the oil of joy and a garment of praise (Isa.61:3). J.H. Jowett called Him the “Receiver of wrecks.” He does what all the kings horses and men can’t do…He puts us back together again and lives in us to make servants of us. There was a time in our lives when no one…least of all, we ourselves…would have ever dreamed a dream of goodness involving us again…but our Father God is amazing. I am glad He is your rest today.

  2. Gail on said:

    I need rest from missing my family. That is the only rest I need. I am trying but I am not getting this from people. I know God is trying to help me but I hope with time it will get better and maybe it will never be better. I will cling to God Forevermore as I try to go thru the rest of my life. Life is not the same even a little bit without them. I am most happy when I see the children, Doug & Vicki’s grandchildren.

    • oakesclan on said:

      People are not qualified to rest your soul. We must be careful about our expectations regarding people. To focus on them…or on the help we think they should be giving us is looking in the wrong direction, sis. Thank God whenever you are helped by another human…count it a great blessing…a gift. But you are right in your determination to cling to God always. How long has He been telling us we are not meant to live here forever? How long has He been preparing us for living with Him? He hasn’t lied to us about how fragile and temporary this life is, has He? Part of the price of loving another so deeply is that one day separation will certainly come. We hurt desparately because we love deeply. But we can’t and would not, even if we could, love less, would we? I know these thoughts do not remove sorrow. But I think I have been somewhat helped by realizing that even though I hurt terribly over the loss of one dearly loved, I would never choose to escape the hurt by never having known them at all. So I try to aim my heart…and my thoughts toward the fact that I am so grateful that God allowed me to be close to them for as long as I was. I don’t know, sis, but it seems to help me some to think of it that way. It may be of no help to you…and if that’s the case…throw what I’ve said out. But remember to keep casting your cares on Him because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).

      • I appreciate what you are saying Doug. And maybe I will get things lined up one day with what we have known all of our lives that we do not live forever. But I wanted my family to live longer than they did, especially Adrian & Tammy. Mom did live a long life and I am so glad I knew all of them with ups and downs we had and the Great Love we had for each other regardless of that.
        My head and heart just has so many memories of them
        and it is true I wanted to know them and love them and I would not want that any other way. I know separation is sure to come sometimes sooner than later. But I sure don’t like how it leaves you feeling. I miss so many things about them, so many things.
        I guess I want people to just not think I am thru missing them and I want them to understand that. I will never as long as I have my right mind not miss them, with a longing of heart of them.
        I will never cast out what you say to me and I love you and Allen like this also. My Family meant so much to me.
        I did love them Deeply.
        I am doing better at times and then I get into a slump again at times. I think it is especially hard now because of Mom passing this time of the year last year. Things I remember about her saying things like “I Love You”. And Mom did Love all of Her Children as much as a Mother can Love.
        I was the oldest and I saw her love and actions that went with the Love. I stayed home and I walk thru so many things with Mom and Her Children. That is why so many things are deep on my heart.
        So I will keep trying to move on but it is not with much Joy yet. But they say Joy Will Come Again into my life.
        Time will tell.
        But I know we talked many time how we will deal with life when we loose a loved one. I remember that Doug. Because we would see people around us loosing their loved ones and how hard it must be. I know how hard it is now.

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