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Resting in Him

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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. — Matthew 11:28

I’ve struggled recently with injustice. Not against me, per se. But, I’ve been reading and hearing about things that just don’t make sense. Children hurt or hungry. Laws that go unenforced. Criminals that go free.

I know the Lord never sleeps. I know that He holds all things in His hands. Yet, I also know that there are some things I don’t — or can’t — understand. I want to DO something, but I don’t know what.

My conclusion has been to pray. To pray for healing, to pray for justice, to pray for wisdom in how God might have me move my hands to DO something.

And then I pray that I could rest in Him, as He tells us to. To wait and to trust that He has a plan. And to rest.

What do YOU do?

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  1. As a survivor of some pretty awful injustices, I can tell you that your prayers DO help. Another thing you can do is educate yourself. Is there a particular type of injustice that keeps nagging at you? Seek out information. Try to gain an understanding of how it affects the people who don’t have the option of praying from afar. Ask God to break your heart for the victims, and (when you’re done crying) reach out to them in any way you can. Sometimes showing God’s love to someone who’s hurting is as simple as offering them a ride, dropping a box of food or gently used clothes on their doorstep, or finding out what a victimized child wants for Christmas.

  2. FishMama, you don’t know how much I needed that message today. Please keep me in your prayers as well. I’m having some health problems, and the doctors can’t find an answer. I’m asking everyone I know to pray that they can at least find out what’s wrong with me.

    Don’t we serve an awesome God? It’s so reassuring to be reminded that I can rest in Jesus. What a sweet peace that is!

  3. Thank you for this simple but powerful post.

  4. When I read a news story or hear someone’s personal testimony of painful experiences, I try to pray specifically for those situations. I also remind myself the importance of loving those around me that way Jesus showed us to love. The “battle” will always seem overwhelming and unjust and the temptation to try and “fix” something, at least for me, will always be there. But I know God has given me the ability to love my children, my spouse and others and that’s what I aim to do in light of the terrible hurts of the world.

  5. A great response! That’s the BEST thing we can do and the most neglected…

    I want to pray more and be better about praying for those needs around the world. It’s work. But I think the effort shows faith, and God loves to hear and answer our prayers. So it’s always worth it!
    Love you heart dear sister!!

  6. I love this post! I have recently been having some of the same feelings and too feel the lack of understanding. I have pondered on some things so much that it makes me down right mad. I get so mad that I go through the day with a horrible attitude. I really like your approach to this type of situation. The prayers that you are praying are great ones. You have helped me to realize that I too need to pray those same prayers. Thank you for this post.

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