Quiet Moments Are Needed When Living with Illness and Busyness

“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my Rock of Salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” (Psalm 62:1-2)

It has been a busy summer. A lot of activities, people in and out. Yard work. My kids moved home; one graduated from college and is looking for a job. My daughter is staying home and will be transferring to a local college. We have had to re-arrange the house to fit everyone in. We have been more active and getting to know church members and neighbors. It is easier to get around and see people visiting outside.

Today has been a big pain day. And a quiet cool day. Quiet! Amazing! I fix a cup of tea and headed for my desk. Anxious to spend time with my Lord.

But, at first nothing I read touches me. My soul is tired. Physical pain is high. Emotional pain is big on my heart too. I miss my two cats. Companions for 16 years, and they both died this month.

But I know that God loves me. “My soul finds rest in God alone.” I need this quiet time with God. I have been too busy, and I am in pain.

“Soul quiet” is also important to the writer, King David. He repeats the same phrases twice in this Psalm. Verses 1 and 5 are almost identical.

Verse 1: My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.

Verse 5: Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him.

Dinner is over, dishes are done. Furniture is re-arranged. Yard work can wait. Kids are talking in the kitchen. But I have this time to be quiet, at my desk. Cinnamon candle lit and the herbal tea in my favorite cup. I will find rest again, O my soul, in God alone.

My heart is tired.

But like a child, I will hold up my hand to reach for my Father.

About the Author:
Sandra is the wife of a Minister and the Mother of two grown kids. She lives in the beautiful rural area of Southern Indiana. She has had Fibromyalgia for 20 years, and among other illnesses she was just diagnosed with MS. She has written for Rest Ministries for 6 years. She likes to cook for family and friends, and cross stitch as she is able.

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