resting on

Lately, I have been thinking about a hymn I learned when my children were little. It is not commonly sung on Sunday, but I sometimes wish it were. The first time I found this hymn was while reading Through Gates of Splendor, by Elisabeth Elliot. I could only read the lyrics, but they struck the bedrock in my soul. The words are honest, but full of hope, just what I need when I am facing uncertainty.

This morning as I drove to work the sun was beginning to rise. The sky in front of me still clung to the darkness of the night, but behind me the sun was beginning to flood the sky with light. It was such an image of hope for me as I faced a long day of work and errands.

I knew I wasn’t going to be facing it alone. I could rest in the truth that God was going to be by my side as I spoke with people during the day. He was going to be with me when I picked up my son at school and dropped him off at the soccer field.

I don’t have to be in prayer with my knees bent and my head bowed. I was in prayer when I praised him for the beauty of the sky. Or when I spoke about the husband God blessed me with in life. I was in prayer as I laughed at the ducks’ antics when I pulled into our driveway. God was meeting me where I was, as I was, no more and no less.

I think that’s why this hymn resonates with me. God is with me as my shield and my salvation. I can rest in Him when I am worried about something. I can find strength in His character and His promises. He will fill me where I am lacking and He will be with me all the days of my life.

Dear One, I don’t know how your week was for you. It may have contained good news or bad news, set backs or triumphs. I hope that this weekend you will take the time to use the words of this hymn as a prayer, a pleading if need be. Ask God to meet you where you are, as you are, and help you to rest on Him and in Him.

Blessings. xoxo

  1. We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender!
    We go not forth alone against the foe;
    Strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender,
    We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.
  2. Yes, in Thy Name, O Captain of salvation!
    In Thy dear Name, all other names above;
    Jesus our Righteousness, our sure Foundation,
    Our Prince of glory and our King of love.
  3. We go in faith, our own great weakness feeling,
    And needing more each day Thy grace to know:
    Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing,
    “We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.”
  4. We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender!
    Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise;
    When passing through the gates of pearly splendor,
    Victors, we rest with Thee, through endless days.

Lyrics by Edith Gilling Cherry (1872-1897)

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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