Rest: A Guided Christian Devotional Meditation

Originally Posted on November 29, 2015  | By: LYDIA KIM-VAN DAALEN

Thanksgiving is hardly over and many frantically start preparations for the Christmas season, unfortunately mostly not with a very Advent-minded spirit. Whether it’s Christmas preparations, work, family, sorrows, or something else, a lot of people are­­ – willingly, or unwillingly – trapped in, if not addicted to, busyness. It’s hard to find rest for our souls. Yet, the Prince of Peace has come so we may find true rest. This week’s meditation is a shortened version of a Guided Christian Devotional Meditation on Rest:

Lord, you are gracious, you are righteous, and full of mercy (Ps. 116:5). May this meditation be used to help your child find rest at this very moment and to take your rest into the confusion and busyness, the hustle and bustle of every day that only you know everything about.

Let’s begin by starting where you are right now. Here are some questions that help you focus on that which is causing unrest in you.

Are you overwhelmed by some of the burdens in your life?

Are you worrying about things in your present situation?

Are you anxious about what the future may bring?

Are life’s sorrows so heavy that you feel exhausted?

Or are you just running around trying to get everything done right and on time?

What in your life at this moment seems so intense, so big, or so scary that it takes away all restful space in your soul?

Take a moment to put your finger on the issue, to reflect on it, or even verbalize it in a prayer.


Your times are in God’s hands (Ps. 31:15)

Whatever you are experiencing may not go away right at this moment;

it may not even go away for a long time.

What can happen is that God infuses it with a rest that transforms your inner being and changes your perspective.

Your times are in God’s hands (Ps. 31:15)

Whatever it is that causes you to worry, to be weary, or busy, place it in your imagination in God’s hand.


Allow yourself to rest now as you know that your times, your issues, are in God’s hand. He’s got it under control. You may simply want to be quiet or you might want to reflect on what it means for you that your times are in God’s hands.


As you’ve become aware of one or more triggers of unrest in your soul, and as you have meditated on bringing this to God, listen to a few promises:

Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need (Mat 6:32, 33)

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Mat 11:29)

I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish (Jer 31: 24 ) 

Whenever you feel unrest creeping up in you, picture your issues or yourself in God’s hand and know that he is in control; your times are in his hands.

Choose to take a deep breath and live out of the rest that God promises for your soul.

Go in the rest and peace of the Lord and serve him with joy.

(Thank you to those who’ve expressed interest in receiving the full meditations of the previous weeks; if you’re interested in receiving this full meditation on rest (and/or last week’s) feel free to email me The full meditation is longer and allows for more guided interaction)