Nesting and Resting
The heart of man longs for a dwelling place. We sing, “Jesus, Lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly,” and “In the secret of His presence how my soul delights to hide!” The psalmist wrote about the sparrows and swallows that nested in God’s Temple. Today God doesn’t dwell in a temple, rather His Spirit dwells in men.
The psalmist wrote, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (91:1). We cannot rest in God until we nest in God. To nest is to settle, to abide. Some of us fly to God in a panic when we get into trouble and then wonder why we get so little comfort.
A man’s mother wanted to go with him on a long trip. He feared that she was too old for such a trip, but she said, “My life is hid with Christ in God and when you are homed in God you cannot die away from home!” Nesting in God does not mean living the life of a hermit. The sparrow does not stay in the nest all the time, but goes back and forth about his business. He is based, however, and is rested because he is nested.
But do not look for an abiding peace if you are not abiding. Do not expect to rest until you first have nested and settled down in God. Make Him your permanent address, not a place to run to only when you get in a jam. You can’t really rest until you really nest.