Coming and Going

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“For the ‘come’ is not intended to exclude the ‘go,’ but to prepare the way for it.”
– J Hudson Taylor

I read this quote in a short devotional on Matthew 11:28 when Jesus reminds his followers that he is their source of rest. He is the solution to their weariness.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

I thought about this in relation to our word prompt today. If we dive in too many times without regular rest, the waters of life will eventually pull us under. We can make progress and continue swimming forward for only so long before it becomes necessary to stop and recharge.

Perhaps, the Lord is not asking you to dive in again right now. Perhaps, it’s time to come to Him and rest.

The coming to should always precede the going out.

It’s in the coming to that…

we become equipped to handle the unknown waters that stretch out in front of us.
we discover which direction we should be swimming.
we are given the strength and the courage to dive in and face any waves that come our way.

11 thoughts on “Coming and Going

  1. Jen

    I find floating incredibly relaxing. I could go to sleep doing it, if the conditions are right. Thank you for writing this… I think God has definitely brought me to a time of floating… of rest… no diving. Thank you, for the permission to do so, and not think that I’m wimping out on my calling, or His will. xx

  2. Bethany

    Thanks for this. I’ve going through a time of being very overwhelmed and your reminder that rest is there for me is encouraging. I need to make sure that I come in though to experience his rest.

  3. Mia

    Hi Eileen
    This is wisdom, thank you! I personally think that the world does to many diving and truly needs to dive into our Lord Jesus instead!
    Hugs XX

  4. Elizabeth

    Yes! As a Westerner, I feel the constant pull to accomplish–to dive in, to head into uncharted territory, to go forward. What a breath of fresh air to come and rest. To take the time to know why and where I’m diving. Thank you. A beautiful thought. Visiting from Five Minute Friday.


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