Think of a barnacle. What are you not able to let go of? What can’t be pried off your heart? Whatever it is, it keeps you from being able to be still. It pushes into your thought process because it has become a heart idol. In Ezekiel 14:1-7 the Lord clearly defined a heart idol.
King Solomon said it in another way. In 1 Kings 8:38 he said, “…when each one knows the plague of his own heart…” The Hebrew word for plague is disease. Let me spell it dis-ease. What keeps your heart disrupted?
1 Chronicles 28:9 Amplified says, “…For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts. If you seek Him (inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him as your first and vital necessity) you will find Him…”
Every thought, even the futile dialogues that circle around without fulfillment, are intimately known by the Lord. Hebrews 4:13 Amplified says, “…all things are open and exposed, naked and defenseless to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.”
Here is a new song: Place Of Stillness
I come into the place of stillness to find my rest in You. Removing every weight of care I bow in adoration. I set my gaze on You. I behold You beholding me. O the wonder of such love, redeeming love for eternity.
You draw me to Yourself to whisper words of hope. You fill me with Your fullness, until Your glory fills my soul. My heart is Yours. I sing and dance before You. No cares from this earth intrude, in my worship of You Who is worthy.
Be glorified. Be high and lifted up as I sing the victorious song of faith. Thank You for including me, when You died on Calvary. You forgave my sins, past, present, and future, to bring me to Yourself in intimacy.
Rest, according to Hebrews 4:10, is ceasing from our own labor. Remember Jesus’ words to His disciples? Great words for us also. Matthews 11:28 says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Resting in His Presence is the greatest reset for our spiritual, physical, and emotional health. Resting is ceasing to figure things out, to do something in our own strength, and also stopping our futile mental dialogues.
Let our rest be like barnacle faith. Let nothing distract or pry us away from our pursuit of intimate communion with the Lord. A great book to read is by A. W. Tozer called Pursuit Of God. It changed my life back in the early 70’s.