Thus says Yahweh, “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, ‘Where is the good way?’ and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16
Wisdom is like God’s daughter, that he gives to the man that loves her, and sueth for her [woos, courts], and means to set her at his heart. Henry Smith
My husband taught me many years ago that our Father’s plan of salvation (deliverance, redemption) begins with rest. When we come to the end of ourselves we follow after our Messiah who Himself laid down His life – we, too, must surrender to YHWH, resting from our own labors and submit to His will for our lives (yield, lay down one’s arms, rights).
At the dawning of creation, on the sixth day, the Creator breathed life into a sleeping Ada’am, and from him was brought forth em kol chai – the mother of all life (Genesis 3:20) Chawah (Eve). Chawah was the embodiment of not only the progenitor of all living souls, but her intrinsic value entailed the might to nourish, to create, and to empower all of life’s faces.
Winter teaches many lessons too if we have eyes to see and ears to hear what it has to say. All of creation slows down, animals either sleep or produce thicker coats, foods become warmer and heavier to nourish, sustain, and insulate, while trees and vegetation shed their life-giving harvest for a time of rest, rejuvenation.
Night time, or the time of quiet, hiddenness, stillness brings with it rest or repose, a state of humility, modesty, vulnerability and in the latter form, an openness to the deep messages that we receive in our dream state – either our minds bringing light to what is hidden during our waking hours, or a direct message from YHWH Himself. Upon daybreak, we actively pursue those things which the Creator has placed within our hearts.
Our manner – inward and outward – should reflect what our loving Father has physiologically designed for us in the lessons that the rhythm of sleep and awake teach us: a humble calm, trust, openness to submit to Abba’s plans for us, His injunction over our lives. For He is good and faithful to provide for us even when we sleep and has chosen us for good works before the foundation of the world to be set apart and blameless in His presence (Psalm 127:2; Ephesians 2:10).
We enter into our season of seedtime and harvest first with rest – cleansing ourselves with the washing of water by the Word (Ephesians 5:26), coming before Him with clean hands and a pure heart – emptying ourselves of our own agendas and fully subordinating ourselves to Him that we may with renewed vigor embrace and birth what was hidden in the mind of YHWH.
“Love her [wisdom] that she may exalt you and embrace her that she may honor you” Proverbs 4:8