The challenge of relaxing into rest

Sun’s slanting rays sought entry into the room; too thin curtains were closed against invading brightness of a late summer’s day.

I wasn’t ready to let the light in. Dark was my favourite friend for now. I lay foetal-curled away from any glare.

The legacy of the last few thundery days remained as my head resumed pounding, hyper-sensitive eyes gritty, sore.

Everything throbbed painful. I couldn’t find a comfortable place to be, or know how to overcome the challenge of relaxing into rest.

Several nights had been disturbed by pain and bad dreams. I ached to be at rest, to retrieve the sleep I’d missed. Maybe you can relate? Life has a way of keeping us wakeful.

When I tried to pray, all that came out was this plea:

“Help me, Lord. I’m so tired. Too tired to think straight or to move. Too tired to write or to pray. Too tired to rise from this bed. All I can do is lay here and surrender to You”.

And these are the words God whispered back...

Prayer Whisper ‘Relax into rest’


“At last, My child. That’s all I ask of you.

Lay your burdens and cares at My feet. Let Me carry them for you.

Let Me carry you, hold you safe.

This is a time for rest. This is a season of surrender. This is communion with Me.

I see and feel your fatigue as though it were My own. I take account of your pain and bear that for you too.

I want to whisper words of comfort to your hurting soul. I know how much you dread this slide into seeming nothingness.

I see how hard it is to give up trying and striving to achieve. But your own human effort has flattened you physically and emotionally to the point of great depletion.

You need to let go and let God; let Me reveal what is required of you and what I will do.

I see your daily struggles. I know your heart to serve and help others, build them up with encouragement.

Now it’s time for you to rest, recover and receive for yourself.

Now we have some sacred soul time to spend together.

Come, My weary child, lean on Me. I won’t lay anything heavy or burdensome upon you. There is no need to fear.

Take my hand and relax into rest. Let Me gentle you with My Love as I rejoice over you with singing.

You are precious to Me whether busy or stilled, and beautiful in your brokenness.

My heart is full to overflowing with My Love for you.

Learn to believe and receive it as I long for you to do”.

I clutched at these words like a dying woman reaching for her last drink, and finally relaxed into rest, feeling thankful for the words I’d received and how much they soothed my soul.

Friend, my hope and prayer is that you too may be blessed by this message, take it to heart and lean into the healing grace and strength of the Lord today as He holds you close.

Because we all have times when God calls us to a deeper abiding in Him, to relax into His rest simply because it’s the very best thing we can do.

And the Sabbath is one way in which God puts a pausing place into our week whereby He asks us to rest from our usual activities and seek Him above all else.

Confession:I received these words over a week ago, but they were written out slowly and bided their time to be aired when a little energy was present. Because resting in mind and body is still very much where I’m at with a bit of a relapse in my M.E symptoms. Hopefully, normal service will be resumed as soon as possible! Thank you for your grace. 🙂

I’m sharing these restful thoughts over at Barbie’s place for Weekend Whispers.

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11 thoughts on “The challenge of relaxing into rest”

    1. Thanks, Kimmie. It’s good when God gives us words to share, especially even when we feel empty, weak and weary. I’m glad you were blessed. 🙂

  1. Joy, you remain in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for this word, as I need to do the same thing. I get so busy trying to encourage others, that I forget to rest myself. Just pure rest in His presence. Your words are like a soothing balm for my weary soul. God bless you xx

    1. Tanya, you are one of the greatest encouragers I know, so I am grateful to have some words here to help water your weary soul. It’s all too easy to forget to feed ourselves when giving out to others, isn’t it? And then we wonder why we end up worn out, depleted and dry. May you be refreshed in equal measure to the beautiful and bountiful blessings you pour out on a daily basis with your needful nuggets of encouragement. Blessings to you. Xx

  2. Praying for you as you seek rest that we can only find in God. Your words are a gift to me today as you share your heart but speak into my soul with their beauty. God pulls us back toward Him and I spend time resisting and then I wonder why I am so tired. Thank you for these words to begin my Sunday morning.

    1. Oh, Mary, you struggle like this too? It’s good to have your company as we seek to sink into rest rather than drown in our own outward or inner busyness. Resistance to God’s best for us is an easy trap to fall into, although we don’t always see what we’re doing until it’s too late. Thank you so much for your prayers. I appreciate them and am praying for you too. Blessings of strength and peace to you.

  3. Praying God will give you the rest you need in body and in mind, Joy. Thank you for such a heart-tugging post as the weary soul pours out its heart to God and He answers so graciously and tenderly – “You are precious to Me whether busy or stilled, and beautiful in your brokenness.” May we together lean into His healing love and grace!

    1. Trudy, I value your prayers enormously. Thank you. Yes, let’s aim to “lean into His healing love and grace” as we’re obedient to His call on our lives. Bless you for your understanding. Xx

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