Friday, January 01, 2016

What Follows "REST"?

2015. The year of REST.

I imagined much relaxing and reading. quality time spent with my children and my beloved and my Lord.

I never imagined my year would end with a rest from work. Eleven years of serving an MP and his constituents came to an end and for the first time in my career, I found myself with no where to go. No purpose for each day. At least not the purpose I was used to.

E-Day, October 19th completed my call to serve. I continued to work through November 18th when I watched the moving company pack up my work-home and take it away. The last month has been filled with appointments and Christmas prep and rest.

So what follows REST?

Well, Proverbs 19:23 says

"The fear of the Lord leads to life;

    then one rests content, 
untouched by trouble."


That is what follows REST. Contentment

This reminds me of Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, sharing that he has "learned to be content whatever the circumstances." This is good but if you know me, you know the nuance of a word, the oh so subtle difference, means the world to me.

One definition of content reads " happy enough with".  This doesn't quite fit with what I perceive the verse to mean. 

In reading the ESV, I found, 
"The fear of the Lord leads to life,    
and whoever has it rests satisfied;    
he will not be visited by harm."


There it is! Following the year of REST is 2016 the Year of Satisfied.


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