“For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.” – Psalm 27:5
- a corner or recess, especially one offering seclusion or security.
- a right-angled corner
I am always tired. Well, not always, but almost always. You get the picture?
Last week I was looking for the word to explain how I felt I was getting through life: Wobbling!
I’ve had bursts of energy where I’m skipping happily through life and feeling that my feet are really like hinds legs. You know when you know you can do all things through Christ and you’re really feeling like you can take on the world? Everything is working in your favour one day. You’re levelling mountains and striding freely in open spaces. You’re praying and receiving power. God is blessing all that you put your hands to. Then boom! You’re like a deflated felele ball. No energy, no life. You can’t go through life’s simplest tasks and you certainly feel “distant” from God. It’s how Elijah felt after defeating the Prophets of Baal and Jezebel swore to kill him.
Not a good look.
“Come unto me when you are weak and weary. Rest snugly in my everlasting arms. I do not despise your weakness. Actually it draws me closer to you… Accept yourself in your weariness, knowing that I understand how difficult your journey has been… I have gifted you with fragility, providing opportunities for your spirit to blossom in My Presence. Accept this as a sacred treasure: delicate, yet glowing with brilliant Light” – Jesus Calling
I’ve learned this the hard way. Every time I start to feel really powerful and like I’m God’s PA, I soon hit the point when I run out of steam. I would think that perhaps I wasn’t spiritual enough and maybe my heart is rocky ground. But even though I’m still a work in progress, God doesn’t really think this way. I always say that God’s relationship with everyone is different. While some people get clear sentences from God, for the rest of us, our own unique relationship is in just being near Him and drawing power from Him all the time.
And this part is my own opinion from experience: God doesn’t exactly need you to be strong or powerful. He needs you to trust in His power and Presence, His love, and His willingness to be near you at all times. It’s probably why when Elijah was weary and tired, He sent His angels to feed Him, enough to make the forty day journey to Horeb. And it’s probably why when Elijah made it to Horeb, God wasn’t in the Wind, or the Earthquake or Fire. He was in the still small voice. (And oh by the way, it’s the same mountain where God hid Moses in the cleft so he could see God’s glory in passing. Selah!).
I realise that not every conversation with God will be lit. But the nook never fails. The nook of God’s right hand, the right angle, is where things happen. That’s where He feeds and restores, and blesses you with strength and light for the next phase. The nook is the place of rest. The nook is the place of security. The nook is home.
The nook is rest.