Face of Rest
When my heart races…
…and ten thousand voices scream for my full attention, I rush on the outside to action. I busy my external body to deafen my internal discord. My heart is city-streets full of traffic. My mind is a cacophony of disquiet.
“My heart is city-streets full of traffic.”
Somehow, through the noise, I hear your whistle. Your light comes riding lightly in a casual stroll. The sound of chaos muffles, then mutes; peace pervades as your genial smile rises like the dawn. Gently, you rest your arm around my shoulder. You lead me out of all the noise. As we come to a quiet place, you invite me to take a seat. Together, face-to-face, we rest in silence.
Without a word…
…I hear you. My spirit lifts its tired head as your subtle light electrifies my life. Your face is the sun; my face, the solar panel. With eyes closed, the warmth of your rays arrests me. There’s nothing left but to rest in the immeasurable breadth of unbridled love.
“Your face is the sun; my face, the solar panel.”
I open my eyes, and see your face once more. My eyes intermingle with yours. I gaze into the depths, and I dive—suddenly surrounded by color and light. I hear the soft sounding songs soar from the fountains of your soul.
I am welcomed…
…by memories and imagination. I am greeted with harmony and hymns. I am accosted by love and ushered into the undying dance. Expansive dreams descend and ascend into infinite as I drink in your liquor of love. I am swaddled in warmth and carried into quietude.
“I am accosted by love…”
Dreams overtake my untired mind and I awake inside a wilderness of wonder. I am sprinting through forests of life and color. I am heaving lungfuls of electrified air. Every gasp feeds life and power to my chest. Every heart beat invigorates me with bursts of overwhelming strength.
I jump across chasms…
…and laugh. I sprint and weave like an arrow through the trees. I run upon a cliff-side suddenly, and leap. I lunge face first into the ferocious fall. I stretch out my arms and lift with powerful swiftness and ease.
“I sprint and weave like an arrow through the trees.”
I mount up with insurmountable wings. I am unsinkable. I glide and drift through the weightless space of eternity. I am impervious and impenetrable. I am quick in stride with the ineffable energy of life. I am resting, with arms spread wide, in the fold of the fields of God.
I wait upon you. I wait for you. Oh come! I draw near to you. I know you will draw near to me. I know all the fountains of fiery life are streaming from your limitless eyes. I know my rest arrives when I behold you. I will cling to your colossal might. Amen.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.