Musu’s One Word 2011: Rest


“In rest, I have found the joy of listening for His voice.”

By Musu Taylor-Lewis | Twitter: @mercycanada

My one word bubbled up from the words of a long-buried song.

During an anxiety-filled, hand-wringing, Lord-do you-hear me prayer time,

the words came up from deep within in me like dew-drops covering a parched soul.

“Sweep over my soul

Sweep over my soul

Sweet Spirit, sweep over my soul

My rest is complete as I sit at your feet

Sweet Spirit, sweep over my soul.”

On the eve of 2011, “rest” became my one word. My prayer partner confirmed the word for me but didn’t know how to tell me, knowing I had so many real reasons for my “Lord,-do-you-hear-me” moment. At the time my reaction was “Rest?” Really? That’s it, Lord? After a year of “Be Still,” now You say “Rest”?

As I look back now, I am grateful for the lesson of this year, repeated over, and over again. (Who knew that so many sermons included this theme.)

As a solution-finding, I-can-do-it-myself, conflict-resolving, Mom-knows-what-you-need, fight-for-what’s-right kind of girl, I needed to learn how to rest in the knowledge of God’s ability to take care of all the things that brought me to my anxiety-filled moments.

In rest, I have found the joy of listening for His voice.

In rest, I have learned to depend on His all-surpassing wisdom.

In rest, I have learned to relinquish my need to be the hero.

In rest, I am learning that there is a time to speak and a time to be silent.

In rest, I have felt the strength of His hands upholding me.

In rest, I have seen His miraculous provision.

In rest, I have watched from the sidelines as He works in my children.

In rest, I am learning to trust Him to work with me and without me.

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. (Heb 4: 9 – 11)


About Musu:

My life is lived out of the calling “to advance Christ-centred work.” I am currently Director of Marketing and Development at Mercy Ministries, working to get the word out about the life-transforming work that takes place here. Prior to my work at Mercy, I directed a Crisis Pregnancy Centre, studied Christianity and Culture at Regent College and co-led women’s programs at my local church. I have four great children and am married to Steven, a gift to me from the Creator.