THOUGHT FOR TODAY
ABOUT AUTHOR: LAURA FORD was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to a Southern Baptist missionary family. Ford holds a degree in theology with an emphasis in Christian Scriptures from Seattle Pacific University. She currently resides in Sugar Hill, Georgia with her husband and two daughters.
“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8
When we truly rest in the Lord, our soul delights in the richest of fare. Completely resting our body, mind, and soul requires a release of everything that is weighing so heavily upon us. Even if it is only for a brief time, while lying upon our beds, we are invited by the Spirit to lay our burdens down. To lie down and sleep in peace, knowing our lives are kept safe by the One who holds them in the very palm of His hand. We can rest also in knowing that the lives of those we love do not go unnoticed nor our prayers for them go unanswered. And even those things which encumber our daily routines can be handed over and themselves be put to sleep for a while. Therefore, when we experience this kind of burden-releasing rest, we are able to then receive the new mercies awaiting us in the morning. These are the new mercies, promised by our Father, which we can directly apply to our various trials that we will inevitably face in the coming day. Lord, please allow us a Heavenly respite, as we lay our heads down this very night!
Tis better still to rest awhile,
To wait upon thy bed.
To silence all the mind doth rile,
And feel repose instead.
Tis better to release thy quest,
To His sovereign care.
To give thy body somber rest,
And receive thy tranquil fare.