Friday, April 16, 2010

God Knows Everything

I have been studying for the online Bible Study that I am leading in the fall.  Psalm 139 is an important chapter that we study.  So I thought I would start there.  I didn’t get very far when Psalm 139:3 stopped me in my tracks.

“You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am.”

I always knew about the “path” that I am continually trying to locate and stay on.  But telling me where to stop and rest was something I don’t ever remember reading or learning before. 

If I had to pin point my location on the path I would say that I am at a resting place.  I have tried fighting against this rest stop.  I can see the road ahead of me and I want to keep moving and reach for the goals that God has me striving for.

The more I fought the harder God tried to hold me in the resting place.  Why would I bible-studying-pen-papgerwant to fight rest?  Looking back on the last two years I am asking myself a lot of questions.  Currently I am enjoying the rest.  I now know that this is a time of “being still” and taking time to study and prepare for what God has next.  I am enjoying it and treasuring this time that I get to spend with my Lord.  I am learning and growing tremendously; I have learned to be thankful for this time. 

The question arises again.  Why did I fight this?  Why did it have to come to the point of health issues and job loss for me to give in and give myself over to a period of rest.

As a society we are driven to succeed.  A period of rest could look like laziness and lack of dedication to the calling that God has placed on your life.  I was enjoying what I was doing for God, why would I want to stop?  I was helping people-- encouraging people to live their lives with and on purpose.  I won a National award for my book-- why would I want to stop when everyone was asking when my next book is coming out?

Now that I have chosen to stop and rest I have a clearer vision of what God has in store.  It is bigger and greater than anything that I was striving for when I was fighting the rest, and something I would have never seen if I didn’t have this time of rest.

Every moment you know where I am and why I am there.  May I continue to be obedient and trust that you know the path better than I may think I do.


  1. Thanks for this today Carolyn...Laura

  2. He always does what is right, in order to fulfill His purpose. The strength of that and His absolute sovereignty give me security. He is really, really God.
    -Mary Graham (women of Faith Devotional Bible)

    You are still..."encouraging people to live their lives with and on purpose."


  3. Thanks Laura and Nikki! I have learned a lot of lessons lately but I know that it is all working toward a purpose.

  4. Every busy mom could benefit from this.

  5. So true ..I want to fight the rest stop too. I have been learning over the last 2 years..the more you run on, the more you will be, where He wants you. I found if I insisted on running He would just build a little treadmill under my feet and I could just wear out and rest. One way or another I was going to sit quietly and have a rest!! Kind of sounds like how I have to make a two year old take his nap!!!

    still in progress...

  6. Thanks Carolyn, I always enjoy reading your posts. I remember the morning of an MMO clothing sale a few years back - I was pregnant, sick, exhausted, and my dad drove from Wpg. to help me. He brought us a children's book on Psalm 139 and I read it that morning, came across that verse and knew it was for me that day...Michelle M.

  7. Thanks for the comments everyone! I beleive this is a record of the most comments on one of my posts ever!

    I am glad for the lesson that I learned about rest and it is encouraging to see that I am not the only one that is on the path to learning.


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