You Can't Rest Here
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Hello and welcome into my world! So glad to have you here.
Hi friends! I hope you all have had a great week. I have enjoyed chatting with you and I'm glad that you have reached out. It's always a blessing to know that what I write actually helps someone! I know the topics are touchy, and most of you aren't comfortable openly discussing them but just know you are not alone-as many of you have contacted me. With that being said, I'm going to start this week's topic--You Can't Rest Here...
As a YA writer, I follow several FB writer's groups. A few weeks ago I happened upon a thread that caught my attention. It was titled, You Cannot Rest Here-imagine that! Anyway, I came away from the tiny post changed. Although the subject matter had nothing to do with what I'll be discussing today, it sparked something within me. This thread was about playing video games. I found out that there are certain games where you have to sleep in order to recover. Kind of like filling up the gas tank, I guess. But in these games they won't allow you to "rest" until it's safe. You will get a message saying, "You cannot sleep now, there are monsters nearby." Now, I don't know how God gets things across to you, but this is exactly how He talks to me--through weird video game posts on FB. (HaHa) Whatever it takes, huh. Anyway, it immediately got me to thinking about this scripture in the Bible-
Psalm(23:4) Yea though I walk THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me: thy rod and thy staff comfort me.
The Bible never promises us that we won't experience struggles, but it does say that God will be with us and we will (walk through) them, not camp out there in the middle of the trouble.
For me, #marriage is one of the hardest things I have ever done. I'm a free spirit and would probably be living like a gypsy somewhere across the world right now. That is, until I got bored, and then I would go someplace else. Sometimes I resent being stuck-going in circles-never getting anywhere. Waking up in the same city every day..bla bla bla. Don't get me wrong, I love my husband and my kiddos, but my need for adventure and my unnatural ability to get bored very easily is a major hindrance sometimes. Throw in an overactive sex drive and- Houston we have a problem. I have to realize that-for me-these are areas that the devil can use to drive a wedge between me and reality-between me and my husband. I have to realize that these are my monsters and if I don't keep watch over them- they will defeat me.
I think we all have to be on guard in our marriages and our lives in general because the Bible also says that our adversary stalks around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour
(1 Peter 5:8) Just like in the video games, when we are in a trial-whether in marriage or not- God is saying to us, "You can't rest here. There are monsters nearby." Or in effect, (This is no time to get slack. You have an enemy that is out for blood. You must stay alert!)
You see, our enemy is out to destroy or marriages, our children, our health, our careers, our ministries ect... Anywhere he can gain access, he will.
If you knew a rabid dog was attacking people down a certain street, you would avoid that street at all costs, right? Well, the Bible warns us that the devil has set traps for us. We must identify our monsters. If you know that you are sexually attracted to a certain person, avoid being alone with them. If you are a recovering drug addict and know that you can't resist taking a hit off that joint, don't go where they are smoking. If you know that you are in major debt but have a problem spending too much money, cut up all your credit cards. You get my point. That is how we -walk through- we don't camp out in temptation we don't camp out in disease or lack, or whatever is trying to hold us captive. It's up to us to refuse to rest or give up. We have to make a choice to keep going when everything around us looks grey.
I've heard stories that doctors have shared about diagnosing their patients. They say that they can tell almost immediately which ones are going to make it and which ones aren't simply by their attitude.
I just want to encourage you today to start looking at your situation through the eyes of faith. I want you to know that there is a way out of whatever situation you find yourself in. I want you to realize that, especially in those dark times, that there ARE monsters nearby, and they mean to destroy you and your marriage. BUT with God we can make it through any temptation, any test, any trial.