Rest for the Restless Heart

Read: Psalm 121

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee.        Isaiah 26:1

A young American Air Force captain came back from the war and found it impossible to settle down. Disagreeable at home, dissatisfied at work, and discouraged over his inability to “find himself” he finally went to a psychiatrist.

It took only a few sessions for the specialist to diagnose his trouble. “What you lack,” said the doctor, “is a center around which your life can be integrated.”

A friend directed the young man to a Christian pastor. Here he found the center around which he could build his life. For in the quiet of the pastor’s study the young man met the Savior. Having seen Christ as his personal Savior and Lord, he saw himself in true perspective for the first time. Having seen Christ as the sure and immovable hub of his existence, he soon saw all the loose ends of his life being drawn together around a sure and steady center.

The Resurrected Christ of Easter is the center, the point and purpose of our lives. In Jesus we have a Refuge to Whom we can go to for strength and reassurance. The ancient church father St. Augustine once said, “Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.” We can put our hearts to rest in Christ. Then He will keep our hearts in perfect peace.

Jesus, my Truth, my Way, my sure, unerring Light,
On Thee my feeble soul I stay, Which Thou will lead aright.
Give me to trust in Thee, Be Thou my sure abode;
My Help and Refuge in distress, My Savior and my God.

How has prayer helped you? How does your personal prayer time and communal prayer time in worship inform and feed you? Look for more stories of prayer in next week’s Monday Meditation.