Jesus I am resting, resting
In the Joy of what Thou art
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving Heart
In the midst of a schedule that leaves precious little margin for physical rest, I have inexplicably found myself carried along by a deep sense of God’s presence. You might understand what I mean when I say there’s work, and then there’s work beneath the work. In the same way, I’m also finding a kind of rest beneath the rest.
During this month home, I have been cared for in a space beyond measure by each and every one of you. You, my dear friends and beautiful, loving family, have drawn near and encouraged me at every turn. You have embraced me with joy; you have shown me generosity far beyond measure.
Simply trusting Thee, Lord Jesus
I behold Thee as Thou art
And Thy love, so pure, so changeless
Satisfies my heart
You knew I wanted ice cream, or fabulous cheese, or a fresh salad, so you had it ready and waiting when I walked through your door. You opened your homes and your hearts. You would not let me pay a single rupee for all the great fun we’ve shared.
You have fed me and hugged me; you have walked with me and sat quietly nearby. You have listened to frustrations poured out, and gently offered perspective. What fun to have laughed together until we cried; you then cried with me in a place of grief deeper than mirth.
You helped me to remember why I’m getting back on that plane next week, and more importantly why I went in the first place.
Satisfies its deepest longings
Meet supplies its every need
Compasseth me round with blessings
Thine is love indeed
In the midst of it all, you have kept me near to the heart of Christ. A busy whirlwind of a visit on the outside, to be sure. But within, a much-needed space of resting in Him,
my heart’s home.
(Note: It occurs to me that perhaps not everyone is familiar with the beautiful hymn I’ve interspersed throughout this post. It was written a century ago, by another thirty-something woman, named Jean Pigott. Here’s a great recording of Jesus I Am Resting, Resting by the Shelly Moore Band.)