Rest… It is God-Given to Remind Us We Are Finite and Need to be Restored

Dear Reader:

Have you ever wondered why God purposefully chose to add a day of rest at the end of creation… when He, Himself, never grows weary?… It is because we were created “finite”…not “infinite” like God… and being finite serves a purpose from our Creator. Our total trust in God appears each time we close our eyes…turning our control over to Him.

“There is no significance, hope, or value you can strive for and gain for yourself that hasn’t already been made fully available to those who rest in Him.” (resource: “Resting in God’s Character”-Ruth Chou Simons)

John Piper said, “ Sleep is a daily reminder from God that we are not God.” This point has definitely been driven home to me since the switch in my chemo regime which is really “laying me low.

I wake up each morning…with my mind full of energy and plans for the day…only to find myself completely exhausted ten minutes later. Not only does this new medical endeavor seem to deplete all my energy…my limbs feel like I am trapped in some kind of body bubble where gravity is at ten times the normal rate and my limbs feel like they each weigh a ton.

Add stomach problems to this new medication and suddenly my daily routines loom larger and more daunting…with lots of naps and ‘sit-down strikes’ in-between daily chores or even fun social dates.

It is forcing me to acknowledge my physical short-comings and ante up my trust in God to see me through this challenging transitional period in my “little c” experiences.

Like this line of scripture tells us …we must stop and find rest in God and from there will come the hope we are searching for …

My hope is that God is asking me to make a big “pause” in my daily life and rest, rest, rest. Turn my mind off so God can do His healing through my subconscious where it can direct all its healing powers to the parts of my body that need these restorations. That is my prayer of hope I send Him each night.

So until tomorrow: Psalm 127: 2

...”It is in vain that you rise early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for He gives to His beloved ..sleep.”

“Today is my favorite day”…Winnie the Pooh

*I don’t know how my grandchildren can manage to get into such edible situations on vacation without me…“Good grief Charlie Brown!”

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About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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8 Responses to Rest… It is God-Given to Remind Us We Are Finite and Need to be Restored

  1. bcparkison says:

    Take care Miss Becky. This too shall end,

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  2. GIN-G Edwards says:

    Becky…I need to come over and nap with you. As I write this I am still in bed. Like you I get up and do things but then I crawl back into bed. I am learning that although the surgery went well it is going to take time to recuperate fully. I will be to see you soon. Love you sweet friend.

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      Rest Gin-g….rest! I have finally realized that I just can’t keep going the same as usual…I am crossing a bridge and need to be careful in the crossing…the same for you friend. We will get together…maybe we can go see a movie…something restful…in the upcoming day.s

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  3. Beverly Dufford says:

    Surely pray these side effects disappear soon. Love you, Jo

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      It will….God just wants me to save some reserve energy for this transitional period so I will be back up and about soon!

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