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Strive To Find Rest

Rest Perseverance Refuge

Source: “Half Your Brain Stands Guard When Sleeping In A New Place,” by Jon Hamilton, NPR, April 21, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-12

Scripture: Hebrews 4:11 ; Matthew 14:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Jon Hamilton, with NPR, reports:

When you sleep in unfamiliar surroundings, only half your brain is getting a good night's rest.

"The left side seems to be more awake than the right side," says Yuka Sasaki, an associate professor of cognitive, linguistic and psychological sciences at Brown University.

The finding, reported Thursday in the journal Current Biology, helps explain why people tend to feel tired after sleeping in a new place. 

... Sleep researchers discovered the "first-night effect" decades ago, when they began studying people in sleep labs. The first night in a lab, a person's sleep is usually so bad that researchers simply toss out any data they collect.

APPLICATION

Vigilance is important but so is rest. We must not give up rest to be vigilant, but must learn, especially in threatening times, to pursue both.  Even Jesus, at the height of his ministry, took the time to slip away to the mountains.

Not even the need to be vigilant overrides our need to find rest in God.

“So let us do our best to enter that rest. But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall” (Hebrews 4:11). 

"After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone" (Matthew 14:23). 

City of Refuge

Refuge Hope Sin

Source: "West Virginia Town Full of Those Sickened by WiFi" by Kevin Spak, NEWSER, Posted Sep 14, 2011 12:02 PM CDT

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-09-17

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:21

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If you think the cell phone reception is bad in some of the places you’ve been, try Green Banks, West Virginia, where it’s none existent. That’s because electromagnetic signals are banned in Green Banks, lest they interfere with a large radio telescope that operates in the area. As a result, a growing number of people who claim to have Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) are moving there to find refuge from the signals they believe to be detrimental to their health.

“It’s a horrible thing," says one EHS sufferer … "you become a technological leper. Living here allows me to be more of a normal person.”

Although one study recently demonstrated a link between electromagnetic fields and the symptoms reported by those who suffer from EHS, the World Health Organization maintains that it’s not “a medical diagnosis.”

While all of this is being worked out in the medical world, those who sincerely believe they suffer from this condition at least have a city of refuge available to them.

APPLICATION

You probably aren't worried about EHS, but there is one affliction that we all share--the harmful presence of sin. Fortunately, just as it's possible to find refuge from electromagnetic signals, there is a refuge for the sinner.

The Bible tells us that "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus took our sins upon Himself, offering us refuge from its power.

Hide and Seek

Refuge Seeker Devotion

Source: Personal Experience

Contributed By: Don Shirley | Date Posted: 2013-03-01

Scripture: Psalms 119:11

Author: Don Shirley
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I can remember as a young boy playing game after game of “Hide and Go Seek."  We hid in closets, toy boxes, behind doors and inside drawers. The thrill of hearing the seeker brush right by you and not guessing where you were was thrilling.

APPLICATION

In the 139th Psalm, David makes it clear that there is no hiding from God. He wrote, “If I ascend to heaven, You are there!  If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to You; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light with You.”

We should never try to hide from God, but we should always try to hide in God. His name, His presence, His shadow, and His word are all places of refuge to the child of God.  Solomon wrote, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run to it and are safe,” and David said, “Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.”

These are not just religious platitudes or wishful thinking. God’s care for His children is real, and His love and protection are practical, tangible things. He hears our prayers, comforts our sorrows, gives us strength in our weakness, and delivers us in all of our troubles. God invites us daily to walk in the light of His presence and to live before the glory of His throne.

Hide and seek is just a kids’ game, but when we hide in God and seek His face, we always and ultimately win in life.

Swarming Spiders in Sadiya

Fear Refuge Addiction

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-06-05

Scripture: John 14:6

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Road to Refuge

Salvation Revenge Refuge

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-01-17

Scripture: Joshua 20:1 ; Psalms 46:1

Author: Chuck Swindoll
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The Cities of Refuge

Salvation Refuge God's Protection

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2011-01-17

Scripture: Joshua 20:1

Author: Charles Spurgeon
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A Powerful Rest

Rest Sabbath Listening

Contributed By: Rob Tucker | Date Posted: 2018-09-19

Scripture: Matthew 11:28 ; Mark 2:27

Author: Mark Batterson, Illustration Exchange
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From "Daddy" to "Dad"

Dependence on God Fatherhood Parenting

Contributed By: STIRLING BERRY | Date Posted: 2018-08-13

Scripture: Romans 8:15 ; Galatians 4:6

Author: STIRLING BERRY
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No Peace on Earth for THIS Lady!

Christmas Salvation Peace

Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2016-12-12

Scripture: Luke 2:14 ; Romans 5:1

Author: Rod Crowell
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Contentment Quotes

Contentment Quotes Satisfaction Peace

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-26

Author: Various
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