Think back to a moment when you really felt at peace. How would you describe the internal process that led to that experience? The rest that works is a way to intentionally cultivate the essentials of that internal process but it is even more than that: It is a way to open to and move with the Creative Forces of God. That brings a unique kind of peace often beyond understanding - like the peace at the heart of a flame.
There are some very interesting things about the well-known phrase in the Bible, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). First, there is a lot of passion in the passage. The call to be still is not from a reducing of energy but a climax, a call for a stopping of distractions to know and experience the power at the heart of the moment. The word for God in the passage is “Elohim.” It’s plural and it refers to a wide range of inexplicable mysterious manifestations of God. To me that emphasizes the Great I AM nature of God. It raises the “I Am that I Am” and “I will be Who I will be” dynamism of God (Exodus 3:14). As we have a knowing experience of the Creative Forces of God in us, it brings a peace beyond that which any disconnected external experience alone could bring.
Our job is not to figure God out. Our job is to open to Divine Expressions and work with them within and without. That’s exactly what the rest that works helps us do. Along the way, we realize that we really are are one such expression. Our feeling it is more a matter of alignment than a questionable identity. Everyone is already a child and expression of God, we just often lose touch with that and thus lose our way.
The “rest” or “being still” part of the rest that works is not passive in any boring sense. It’s about doing what it takes to feel our connection to our purposeful yet limitless Life-giving, Loving Source. What we bring to the creative deal is the spark of love in our hearts. As we value it and want to create from love, we align and open the gates for God. Being still opens us to God so heaven can nurture, fan and direct us as fully supported, purposeful flames.
Being on fire with the love of God is both securing and exciting, peace-bringing and passionate, and it leads to the best fruits I have ever found.
More power to you flame of God.
(P.S. Anita took the above picture as she was meditating by candlelight. Thanks for such an inspiring picture Hon!).