Hammock Moments

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Since before we moved to Nashville I have had this thing with hammocks. We talked in another blog about a prayer retreat we went on that led us to move to Nashville. Well during my quiet time on that retreat I had an experience on an old hammock and the Lord used that to speak to me about our upcoming time here.

We were at our friend’s cabin and they had an old rope hammock hanging on the front porch. I decided to try it out and as I slowly put my weight into it… it kept sinking lower and lower and lower. Finally, I laid back and it held me up… but barely! My behind was just a few inches off the ground. I laid there sort of chuckling at the situation and was reminded how I would lay in the hammock back home (which was much more comfortable) and tell God that I trust Him. That is what my hammock moments had come to symbolize over the previous months…my trust in Him. 

As I remembered this symbol, I felt God start to speak to me. He said it (this new direction He’s taking us) is not going to be so comfy like the hammock back home. It’s going to be stretching. Even when it seems that He is barely holding me up… He will hold me. I must completely trust Him despite how it appears. I will be able to rest in Him and have peace because I know He’s got it. Then I settled in for a few more minutes and even dozed off. I was somehow at rest in the discomfort.

It’s hard not to tear up as I remember and type this because that hammock experience so well represents our experience here in Nashville and leading up to us moving here. We’ve had to exercise trust in God more than we ever have in our lives. It has been stretching at times and at times can easily seem like the Lord isn’t going to hold us up. Despite this, we are all in. Laid out on the hammock in complete trust. It’s almost weird the level of peace that I’ve been able to enjoy as we continually try to rest. Resting in our God. In who He is. In who we are in Him. In His promises to us. In His provision. In His love. In His faithfulness.

I’m writing this now because over the summer months the Holy Spirit has led me back into taking times in the hammock. In fact, recently, almost every week I feel the pull to go lay in the hammock even if I only have a few minutes. I use that time to tell God how I trust Him. Taking a moment to rest in Him. That no matter how our circumstances may feel or appear that week… He’s got it. He’s got us. He knows what He’s doing. I can rest securely in my God, knowing that He’s at work and will do what He said He’d do. There is no place I’d rather be. In complete peace.

Proverbs 3:5-6 is a verse that the Lord has given me to I read aloud daily, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

 Whether you have a hammock or not, I hope you will take a hammock moment soon… May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13



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