I am a super practical girl. My family and friends know this. I guess that is why they offer me presents "with a purpose" which they know I will like---some of my most prized gifts being a kitchen mixer, mugs, a cast iron pot, a journal, and ipod speakers. (Books and good music, by the way, do fit in this category... very, very practical, to my way of thinking!)
Gifts that fit and fulfill a need... these 'hit the spot' well with me.
I am hungry for so many things. I long for love, grace, attention, quiet, peace, kindness, truth, and beauty---to name just a few. Like the oxygen I need to breathe and the water that sustains me, so I also require so many other gifts to flourish in life---relationships, connection, belonging...
God knows this about me. He knows this about His people. We are, indeed, a needy lot.
Among the myriad of promises God utters to Moses in Exodus, He tells Moses that His very Presence will go with them. "My Presence will go with you..." (Exodus 33:14)
What a gift! This idea is so wonderful and so full of hope. With God's Presence comes the reality of cover, power, strength and provision. But, that is not what God emphasizes in these verses---in this conversation of promise with Moses. He offers something else with His Presence...
"My Presence will go with you and I will give you rest."
With His Presence comes the gift of rest... Pull up next to God and you get such a beautiful gift.
I would venture to guess that if I asked most any room full of people this question, "Who would like or is in need of rest?" I would bet that every hand would raise and a resounding, "Me!!" would sound with enthusiasm.
We all need rest. Deeply, we need rest. Body rest... soul rest... mind rest.
With His Presence, I find rest. You, too, can find rest for your soul.
I can enter in. We can receive this gift. We can sidle up next to Him and receive---or, at least, what He longs to give---is rest.
"Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)
What a lovely, very practical gift He gives!! This practical girl is a happy girl.