Respite means to bring rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant.
In order to rest in someone’s presence, we have to trust them. And to trust them, we have to know them.
As I thought about that idea, I pictured how my disposition changes when I am alone in the backseat of a taxi versus sitting at a coffee shop with a friend.
In the cab, my thoughts are suspicious and concerned. “Is this driver safe? Does he know the way? Will he actually take me to my destination?”
With my friend, there is comfort and peace. “How have you been? Tell me about your week. I want to hear about the sunny days and the rainy days.”
So, how do we find respite in God?
Just like we do with a friend—know Him and trust Him.
For some, trusting in a God we cannot see is hard to fathom because it defies the way the natural world works. But that is the beauty of faith. It is supernatural to believe in what we cannot see. We do the natural and God does the supernatural.
I may not be able to feel or see His arms around me, but the Word promises He is holding me close. And I rest believing in this truth.
Deuteronomy 33:27 ~ The eternal God is our refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
Psalm 68:19 ~ For each day he carries our burdens in his arms.
Isaiah 40:11 ~ He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart.