Supreme Court decisions, over 1,000 people have died of heat stroke in Pakistan, one convicted killer is shot in upstate NY as another one is pursued, nine people murdered in a church shooting, innumerable natural disasters, religious persecutions, pandemics, failing economies, terrorists attacks…
All must answer to a Higher power.
Personal difficulties surround all of us – death, loneliness, physical illness, depression, job losses, relocation’s, difficult relationships, the loss of love, the loss of dreams…
The worst loss is the loss of dreams, which encapsulates all other losses – fear encompassing all other emotions. The future looks dim…
The future is God.
Augustine is one of the most important theologians in the church, to both Protestants and Catholics. His “Confessions” reveal our deepest longings, his words the cry of our hearts,
“You awake us to delight in your praise; for you made us for yourself, and our heart is restless, until it rest in you.”
For the majority of my “Christian” life, all of the turmoil of this world captured me with worry for the future of our children and grandchildren. It prodded me with the need to do more, say more, and help more – always striving to play a part in turning what was wrong in the world into what was right.
I was restless to the depths of my soul with concern for this world. Psalm 139:7
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?”
The earth is the Lords. Everything that was created was created by Him. There is no where we can go, nowhere we can hide that His presence is not with us.
At all times.
As disciples of Christ we also have the fullness of the Holy Spirit dwelling within in us.
The Spirit dwelling in us.
God present everywhere outside us.
Jesus interceding for us. Walking with us.
God is not taken by surprise when distressing things happen around us, or to us. His light shines most brightly in the darkness, but we fear the darkness.
We are blind in the dark, but God is Light. He is present in the darkness to break the fear and cast off the shadows. As Augustine said, God created us for Himself. We cannot flee from His presence because of His great love.
The only place of rest is in Him.
One of my top five favorite songs – powerful in its theology, moving in its simplicity, and reflecting the heart of the devoted believer, is Audrey Assad’s Restless. She wrote it based on the above writing of Augustine. I listen to this song almost daily now, as I remind myself not to allow the things happening in the world, or in my life to make me restless. My restlessness has become the unsettled feeling I have when I am not knowing God’s presence of God experientially, as much as theoretically.
Every moment of every day.
Only when I stay in His presence – in me, around me, and sustaining me, that I feel peace and my restless soul finds rest.
This video may very well be the best five minutes you could ever spend, as Audrey sings about the Restless cry of our hearts.
My heart longs for God in ways that are beyond words. It took me twenty-eight years of “Pentecostal/ Charismata” much speaking to realize I would rather listen to Him speak, than to speak before Him. I bask in fearful wonder as He embraces the cries of my heart and consumes my prayers.
Close your eyes and listen to the voice of angels sing.