Yesterday morning I got up to do my normal morning routine with my son. This routine involves a diaper change, his morning bottle and about 10 minutes of rocking and snuggle time. My son is a happy boy. I prayed that over him when he was in my womb. God answered my prayer. He smiles all the time. He even smiles in his sleep. There's no greater feeling in the mornings than to put him on my shoulder and rock him back to sleep. He snuggles in close, his breathing gets deeper and his body goes limp. Safe in Momma's arms. I'm used to sleepy smiles but yesterday he did something completely different-he laughed. Not a small squeal of a laugh but a deep throaty one that he only releases when he's really having fun. A laugh of pure delight and pure joy. It made me think how amazing it was to have that much joy even in rest. That's when I realized I could too. It comes in trusting in the one who holds on to me. “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge” (Psalm 62:5-8).
How amazing to find rest in His presence and rest in His love for me.
"The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." (Zephaniah 3:17)
In His presence is fullness of joy and today I make the choice to rest in His presence and there I find my joy. Joy in rest.