Find Rest In Him

"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you." - Isaiah 26:3

I also heard the LORD saying, "Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you." To gaze is to look steadily and intently, especially in admiration, surprise, or thought.

Recently I was reading a story about a group of 500 people who was attending a seminar. Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each one a balloon. Each one was asked to write his or her name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.

Now these delegates were let in that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written, within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.

At the end of 5 minutes no one could find their own balloon. Now each one was asked to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it. Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.

The above story is our story. It depicts us well. Human beings are a wanderer creatures. We travel aimlessly. We know no rest. The solution for our troubled soul is right in front of us but still invisible. If only our mind be able to focus not on our individual self but on the one who made this big and complex universe, we would have found complete rest in him. If we only our mind be able to focus not on on our individual self but on the one who infinitely loves us despite all our shortfalls, we would have found complete rest in him. 

St. Augustine of Hippo in his famous autobiographical work, Confessions, said, "My heart is restless until it finds its rest in Thee." He was confessing it publicly because he had experienced it in person. If we could only focus on the greatness of our God, our heart would surely found rest in him. That's God's desire for all of us. He, the great and mighty one, is saying, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

Love and blessings 

Brehane-meskel Araya