This is a beautiful picture that my friend Diana took while on a morning walk. I asked her permission to edit it and add a Bible verse to it (the one she had been mediating on).
Thank you, dear friend.
There is no rest for the Christian—but at the feet of Jesus! When we live near to Him, and exercise our faith upon Him—we are at rest. Then . . .
conscience is silent, or commends us;
the law has nothing to say against us;
the world has but little influence over us;
Satan is weak, and cannot overcome us.
But if we wander from Jesus . . .
we become weak;
we lose our courage; and
darkness, perplexity, and trouble frequently fill our minds.
But we MAY return—for Jesus is still inviting us.
We MUST return—or we cannot enjoy peace.
Let us therefore return unto our rest this morning.
“O Jesus! we come to You! Receive Your wandering sheep, restore unto us the joy of Your salvation, and let us find rest at Your cross. Oh, to rest on Your faithful Word! To rest from slavish fear, worldly care, and distressing anxiety! To rest in Your boundless love, satisfied with the dispensations of Your special providence.”
Return, return, my soul from all your wanderings—and find your rest in Jesus, your faithful Friend and Savior!
Sweet assurance: “He will receive us graciously.”
O Jesus, be my rest, and the solace of my soul this day!
James Smith (1840)
Soli Deo Gloria