Five Minute Friday — Rest

Here’s this week’s installment of Five Minute Friday. You might remember the task is to write for five minutes on a specific prompt word.

The initiative was started by Lisa-Jo Baker ( who thought about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And she figured, why not take five minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

There are a couple hundred bloggers who pause to post on the prompt word of the week. It’s fun getting the prompt, thinking about it for a couple of minutes {or hours} and getting to work producing something readable {you hope} in just five minutes. You should link over and read some of the posts. They don’t disappoint.

The prompt this week is REST.

Here goes. The timer is set for five minutes {clock starts now}

Be still and know I am God.

We’ve all heard that before, but often don’t take the time to stop and be still. It’s too hard. But that’s exactly what our God wants us to do. Stop the busyness and rest … in His presence … listening to His voice in the quiet … blocking out the intrusions of life around us.

For me, the lapping — and sometime more than lapping — ocean waves bring me back in communion with God. Knowing the waves will come only as far as He commands — sometimes to my surprise as they come a little further up the beach than I expected — puts my life in perspective. When I’m feeling blue, all it takes is a trip to the ocean to get my life back in order.

It is there where I can appreciate the words, Be still and know I am God. It is there where our sovereign God gives me rest … STOP

Five minutes goes faster than you think!

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Wisdom from a Salada tea bag — Sick professor:  ill literate.

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8 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Rest

  1. Arriving here from Lisa-jo’s place. I appreciated your reminder, to Be Still and Know. The picture of the waves lapping and lapping was beautiful too. We do not have ocean waves here but coming from the land of 10,000 lakes, I know in a small way the perspective to be gained from time by the water. God bless you!


  2. Laura Hedgecock says:

    Makes me thing of the words….Come to the water..
    Very nice imagery. I too can find rest by the water.

    Laura Hedgecock


  3. marytoo says:

    I grew up in the Azores. How I miss the ocean!

    I love the perspective of Be still and know…. I think too many people today are more inclined to Make a joyful noise…


  4. Mia says:

    Dear Joe
    I am so privileged to live about 200 m from the sea and also love the sound of the waves. In the evenings I just love opening the sliding doors of our house to allow the sea mist to enter! It smells delicious. But to truly rest, I have to draw near into the Life of our Pappa, KNOWING that He will draw near to me. So good to meet a gentleman at FMF, Thanks for linking-up.
    Much love


    • Glad to be here … so much talent. Our wonderful God knows what triggers us to stop and look toward Him. I’m reminded of a cartoon I saw the other day with Jesus saying “Where you see one set of footprints is where I carried you … (next frame) that long groove is where I dragged you kicking and screaming.” The story of our pilgrimage. Blessing to you.


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