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“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:1)

Modern life is full of restlessness. One seldom finds people who are who exude restfulness.

I run marathons. One of the lessons I have learnt is to listen to my body and to listen to my heart during the runs. Usually, the first few miles of a training run or the marathon are the hardest. However, there comes a point in the run, when one reaches a state of restful running. The heart rate reaches a restful running rate. The body says to the runner, ”You can keep up this pace for a long time.” I call this the forever-run, running pace. This is the pace which enables a runner to accomplish the marathon or the ultramarathon.

This is the case with the marathon of life- the vocation of life.

The Hebrew word translated as “dwell” or “rest” is beautiful a word. It describes a state of restfulness. It describes life’s journey as taking a vacation in a restful resort. It is a restful resort because God is with you.

The Gospels portray Jesus’ life as a life of restfulness. John the Baptist proclaimed, “I saw the Holy Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it ‘rested’ on him” (John 1:32). When the disciples first encountered Jesus, they were drawn to a restful person. They ask him, “Rabbi, where do you rest? He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ So they came and saw where he rested, and they rested with him.” (John 1:38, 39). Throughout his lifetime on earth, the Messiah took his disciples to places and times of restfulness.

In his farewell message to his disciples, Jesus kept telling them, “Rest in me!” (John 15:4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10). This is the secret of a restful vocation in life.

A Prayer:
O Lord, in this life’s marathon run, please help me rest in you, so that it would indeed be a restful run.

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