Roadmap to Refreshment
What do we do when our cup runneth out instead of runneth over?
When it’s hard to dream because we have no steam? When we are emotionally, physically, and mentally exhausted? Slowly by slowly, tiredness seems to take over.
If you are anything like me, you are in need of some major R & R – Rest and Recuperation. See, friend, I am an Enneagram 7, an ENFJ, and a lover of life. I play hard, but, unfortunately, I don’t rest hard. A vicious cycle of FOMO (fear of missing out) keeps me from truly living the peaceful life that my soul so desperately longs for. And I can only run on rest-depletion for so long.
Can you relate?
Every once in a while, the precious Holy Spirit has to reteach me what it looks like to rest. Rest is a beautiful act of worship, and so often, to my detriment, it is something I neglect more than I embrace. Loving me fully, the Holy Spirit lets me choose my path, which often involves running myself ragged until I collapse. When I have exhausted all my energies, I am finally still enough to hear His whispers once more. And when He whispers, my soul is restored, syllable by syllable.
To be honest, we are in over our heads with this self-help stuff. All the remedies in the world will never be able refresh our souls in a lasting way. It takes something supernatural to heal such a mysterious part of who we are.
For me, that something is the Holy Spirit.
Thankfully, we aren’t left to navigate the winding roads of our soul by ourselves. The Bible is our roadmap to true restoration and refreshment. But first, we have to look at it and study it to know where we are and to know where we want to be.
First, God brings the restoration. He alone is the author of replenishing the deepest empty reservoirs of our soul. In fact, in Jeremiah 31:25, God tells us,
“I’ll refresh tired bodies; I’ll restore tired souls.”
Second, our renewal requires action on our part. An authentic relationship with the Lord opens us the rivers of renewal that only He can bring forth. Proverbs 3:7-9 shows us that a healthy fear, or honoring, of the Lord brings forth recovery that allows us to be healthy again,
“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”
This verse also shows us that we steer where we stare and that we must choose to fix our eyes on the Lord. We are either headed toward the Lord, who brings rest and renewal, or we are headed toward the world, which promises a remedy for every plague we face but always lets us down.
Lastly, it is God’s presence itself that brings refreshment for our souls. Acts 3:19 encourages us to
“turn back to God so that your sins will be removed, and so that times of refreshing will stream from the Lord’s presence.” (Act 3:19 TPT).
When I move full throttle ahead with my life, my time with Him is often what suffers. But wisdom would teach us that our time with Him actually empowers us to live and experience this life fully. I imagine God’s refreshment like a peaceful stream that is always moving forward, available for me to come and take a drink. Maybe sometime soon, I’ll learn to pitch my tent near His stream so I can always drink from His ever-flowing life.
This is what I know, God is for us in every way, which is why He emphasized the value of rest and His presence for our well-being. Venturing down this path of refreshment is opposite of everything the world tells us to do, but it is the one thing that is guaranteed to work. The time has come to stop spinning our wheels and to actually embark on the road trip to renewal. We’ve studied the roadmap, so are you ready to join me on this journey of refreshment?
If so, I challenge you to seek His presence today first and experience firsthand all the benefits that His presence provides.
And I promise you: it will be the trip of a lifetime!
Rachel Dunaway is a sassy southern soul who loves chocolate ice cream, peonies, and Jesus. She loves to globetrot and to make new amigos wherever she goes. Her passion is to inspire others to live life to the fullest, to discover the world changers inside of them, and to see God’s paint strokes in their lives.