Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Take Rest in the Cave

I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy. I pour out my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble...Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me.  Psalm 142:1-2, 7 NIV
Let me set the stage...young David was to become king, and his life was threatened by a jealous leader.  In 1 Samuel 22 we find him taking refuge in a cave; the Cave of Adullam.  We learn that he composed a song to God while he was there; it's called Psalm 142.   
Listen to my cry,
    for I am in desperate need;
rescue me from those who pursue me,
    for they are too strong for me.

Set me free from my prison,
    that I may praise your name.
Then the righteous will gather about me
    because of your goodness to me.

Psalm 142: 6-7
I think we all can learn a very valuable lesson from King David while he briefly took rest in the Lord.

How many of us; as parents, as parents of children with special needs, as employees, as volunteers, as sons, daughters, brother, sisters, aunts, uncles, wives, husbands... How many of us need to take refuge in the Cave of Adullam?  I know that I do.
...And there is no shame in that...
Pastor Clark Tanner, in a sermon titled "The Cave of Adullam," said: 
How many times in the history of God's people...has it been proven that we grow the most...after His Spirit has removed all distractions from us; taken us out of our comfort zone...and taken us to a humble, lonely place, where only we and He know what's going on in our hearts?
In a world of "Go, Go, Go" and Facebook, Twitter, and Pintrest; in a time when we are expected to be all things to all people, (not to mention look good doing it!)--how many of us has burned ourselves out by never humbly saying, "I need to take a break."  How many of us have kept going while feeling like we were failing miserably in EVERY part of our lives?  That is our prison.  David asks to be freed from his prison so he could praise the name of God. 
I have often found myself adding "just one more thing" to my list of responsibilities because that "one more thing" seems so small and so non-time-consuming that I assume it will make no difference to my daily life, and that I would look lazy by not taking on the task.  
But God understands; we are the humans He created, and He wants us to take time for Him.  He requests us to go to our own caves, so we may focus on Him; to allow His Spirit to minister to us and rejuvenate us so we may be capable of manifesting His Will for our lives. 
God does not ask us to show Superhuman strength...He asks us to show our humanness so His Superhuman strength may be evident in our lives.
Today, I had that guilty-mom feeling.  My mother and father-in-law have my daughter over for the afternoon and a sleepover.  I did some cleaning, ran some errands, and then sat down in the recliner with the jar of JIF Natural Chunky and some celery. 

And as I hear the housework calling me...as I see the dirty floor, the folded laundry that could be put away, and the cluttered dining room table...I also hear God saying:
I'm here...Visit with me...Why busy yourself with those things that make you look good to others when it means I never see you here with me?  
Pray:  Lord, let me take rest in you.  Help me to lose myself in the Cave so I can feel your Spirit come upon me and inspire me to carry out your Will.  

--Tammie Hefty

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