Take Time to Rest

Saturday, we took a box to the “Stuff” Consignment store in Iowa City. We take one every quarter. We couldn’t go the normal way because of road construction.

Since we had to go out of our way, we went to the Williamsburg Outlet Mall. David dropped me off at the Wrangler/Lee store and drove to the Under Armour store.

After buying two items, I walked the two blocks to the Under Armour store. My left foot started to hurt.

We grabbed a “Biggie Bag” from Wendy’s for lunch and dropped off our box at “Stuff.” I looked through the jeans and shorts.

David wanted to go to Walmart. I was grateful that what he needed was at the front of the store. My foot was complaining by then.

From there we went to a graduation party and I was more than happy to sit down!

Back at home, I did the exercises for plantar fasciitis and iced my foot. I went right to bed.

It was still sore in the morning.

Isaiah 53:3-5, “He was despised and rejected by people, one who experiences pain and was acquainted with illness; people hid their faces from him; he was despised, and we considered him insignificant.

4) But he lifted up our illnesses, he carried our pain; even though we thought he was being punished, attacked by God, and afflicted for something he had done.

5) He was wounded because of our sins; he endured punishment that made us well; because of his wounds we have been healed.” New English Translation

After church, I spent the day and evening in bed. But it got worse on Monday. I texted my friend Jill, who was a physical therapist. I asked for another exercise.

She replied, “Ice, ice, ice, and rest, rest, rest!”

Duh. I faithfully did the exercises but continued spring cleaning and making numerous trips up and down the stairs. I didn’t stop and rest my foot.

As I looked over the verses that I wrote down last week, I realized, God had been telling me to rest, too!

Isaiah 27:6, “The time is coming when Jacob will take rest; Israel will blossom and grow branches. The produce will fill the surface of the world.” NET

That time is now! Israel is growing so much produce that they are the number one supplier for Europe. And they are growing it in the desert!!!

A plantation in the desert.

Isaiah 28:12, “In the past he said to them, ‘This is where security can be found. Provide security for the one who is exhausted. This is where rest can be found.’ …” NET

Safety and Wisdom

God promises to take care of us. We don’t have to work constantly. Jesus took naps! It is wise to get rest as well as sleep.

Isaiah 26:3, “You keep completely safe the people who maintain their faith, for they trust in you.” NET

Isaiah 33:6, “He is your constant source of stability; he abundantly provides safety and great wisdom; he gives all this to those who fear him.” NET

Isaiah 46:4, “Even when you are old, I will take care of you, even when you have gray hair, I will carry you. I made you and I will support you; I will carry you and rescue you.” NET

Isaiah 28:29, “This also comes from the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, who gives supernatural guidance and imparts great wisdom.” NET


Prosperity doesn’t come from my work. It comes from following God.

Isaiah 30:1, “‘The rebellious children are as good as dead,’ says the Lord, ‘those who make plans without consulting me, …'” NET

Isaiah 48:18, “If only you had obeyed my commandments, prosperity would have flowed to you like a river, deliverance would have come to you like the waves of the sea.” NET

Tuesday, I rested. I didn’t put weight on my foot and iced it every two hours. Spring cleaning will still be there when it heals.

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