You know I don't get around the board and comment on other post that often, I try to stay out of conversations more than I try to get in them, because I know I see things so differently and I don't really want to disrupt things. I recently read here that a brother was experiencing troubles and he was being advised to just rest. A very common human thing to do, which seems like the right thing to do. In Spiritual matters, is it really the right thing to do, or is it even possible to " Rest Spiritually?" Or even more, is it something we are called to do?
I kind of like the movie " The Wizard of Oz", I have seen it many, many times. The Movie feeds me so much Spiritually, as do many fables. One scene in particular was when the young lady and her companions had energectically come out of the woods and the Wizards castle was in sight. They were on the yellow brick road and moving toward their goal. Excited and singing, running and jumping. But the wicked witch of the west wanted to slow them down and stop them. So the witch constructed a very percise and deadly deception. She caused a whole feild of bueatiful flowers, poppys, to grow everywhere. They were lovely to the eye, big and red and yellow, just alluring and magnectic to the senses. One the one hand, it was lovely, but on the other, they were deadly. They drew in the eyes and stimulated the nose, but when smelled, they made them go to sleep. Thats how the witch wanted to slow them down, cause them to rest and lull them into a sleep.
When I read the advise to the brother, this is what crossed my mind, the offer to go to sleep. Take a rest, relax, take it easy, all alluring poppy terms. Why not rest, we all need it. But is physical rest the same thing as Spiritual rest? Is there even such a thing as Spiritual rest? I want to start in Hebrews 3, where this rest theology has taken its root.