Author: Shawna Jerch, Go To Nations Missionary to Thailand
For the one who has once entered His rest has also rested from [the weariness and pain of] his [human] labors, just as God rested from [those labors uniquely] His own. Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], so that no one will fall by following the same example of disobedience [as those who died in the wilderness].
Hebrews 4:10-11 (AMP)
How often, in the busyness of our lives, do we sacrifice our time of rest on the altar of servitude? Quite honestly it is typically one of the first things to be stripped from our day as we prioritize our schedules. But are we really glorifying God when we choose to serve our jobs, ministries, or families rather then obey His command to rest?
Heidi Baker said in her book Birthing the Miraculous, “There’s a time for wooing and a time for work. It is important to know the difference.” It is so important that our time of rest in God’s presence remains as an immovable pillar in our day and week. As a “doer” in a season with few responsibilities and abundant time of rest, I have come to realize that rest is the foundation that all ministry and action should be built upon. It is in rest with our Daddy that we see the dreams of His heart, that we are filled with His peace and joy, and that we receive the directions that will make our action effective.
The key for me is to ask myself "which voice am I listening to first?" Is it the voice inside of me that echoes the expectations around me to do, do, do? The one that tells me that I need to produce fruit and meet the needs around me without a second to waste? Or is it the voice of Jesus calling me deeper, wooing me to join Him in the secret place?
Prayer: Today I pray that missionaries would be able to choose and receive rest from You, their Heavenly Father, and that the fruit of that restful time would be evident in their ministry. I pray that they are able to get into a secret place with You, that there they find direction and become refreshed to continue their work for the Kingdom of God.
From a young age Shawna has had a desire to see the world, but when she was in High School God called her to experience it through His eyes. She attended Bible school at Christ for the Nations Institute, and in March of 2016 she began her two year apprenticeship in Chiang Rai, Thailand. She now ministers by sowing the love of Jesus in the many searching souls that roam the continent of Asia.