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Rest Assured.

Weekly Devotionals

Rest Assured.

Ever experience a moment of nervousness?  How about anxiety, stress, or sheer boredom?  Once these types of emotions start picking up some steam, we find ourselves with clammy hands, jittery feet, and pacing the hallways seems to provide the only solace imaginable.  If any of this sounds familiar, you most likely have a common case of “restlessness.”  State-side, it is something that one in every ten Americans experiences on a clinical level.  Regardless of where you are from, restlessness is something we wish we could all do without.

So for the next moment, think about the last time you felt restless?  Was it…

  • before a big presentation at work?
  • your last performance review?
  • the night before playing in the conference championship?
  • sitting bedside to a friend or family member at a hospital?
  • while holding your pencil before a life-altering standardized test?
  • moments before having to share heart-breaking news to a buddy?
  • when lounging around, weeks at a time, with no ambition or motivation?

If not these things, I’m guessing it was something similar.  And rather than recalling a moment, perhaps you’re experiencing restlessness right now!

Whether visiting a doctor or even jumping online, you will find a smorgasbord of suggestions of how to deal with your symptoms of restlessness.  Meditation seems to be a popular one, along with the opposite alternative of keeping your mind and body in motion long enough to burn off that excess adrenaline.  However everyone seems to be of like mind when it comes to overcoming restlessness.  The goal isn’t just to overcome your restlessness, it is to keep it from coming back.

In 2010, I came across a song that was released by Audrey Assad.  It is a song that has brought much comfort and healing in times of restlessness.  It is a song that I regularly share with people who are struggling with stress, are restive, and need sanctuary.  It is a song inspired by a quote from St. Augustine.

“You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You.”

There will always be temporary fixes to our everyday anxieties, however it is only when we rest in Him, that we find true rest.

Rest assured that He has already claimed victory over sin.

Rest assured that His death makes us invaluable.

Rest assured that our salvation is through Christ and Christ alone.

Rest assured that He will never leave us or forsake us.

What a blessed assurance!  So if you have a few minutes in your day, please take the time to listen to song attached.  May you find comfort and peace and encouragement through these lyrics.