Baked Grapefruit

Rested or Restless & Baked Grapefruit

Psalm 23:1-2 (easy)

The Lord is my shepherd, I will not need anything. He makes me lie down in green fields. He leads me to waters where I can rest.

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I’ve always thought the phrase “makes me” in this passage is an odd one. I’ve been begging for a nap since I graduated high school. Every day feels like the alarm is too early, there’s always more to do, and at least one thing prevents me from getting the right amount of sleep. No one needs to make me lie down anywhere; honestly, I could probably fall asleep standing up.

But that’s not entirely true, is it? At least not for me. I realized that I actually hate rest. I’m much more a controlled chaos type of girl. I think I want to rest, but I keep creating reasons not to. In fact, rest seems to cause me restlessness.

I’ve always been a forward thinker; what’s next? The moment hasn’t even passed before I’ve started planning for the next one. But the past 5 years have been slow for me. Not just slow; slooooooow. With all the O’s. I’ve been fighting the rest that’s been put in front of me, refusing to embrace it or appreciate it. But I’m learning that God gives me what I need, even when I don’t want it.

Jesus calls Himself a shepherd multiple times throughout the Gospels. A shepherd is someone who takes care of their sheep. According to dictionary.com, some synonyms for the word shepherd are: protector, guardian, defender, and keeper.

When Jesus gives us rest, it’s because He knows we need it. Just as a shepherd would make sure that his sheep have had enough rest and water before climbing the big hill that only he can see, Jesus does the same for us.

Often times, books and movies will have really slow scenes that feel like they’re never going to end. But after seeing enough movies and reading enough books, we know something about those scenes, don’t we? They’re always followed by something epic; the big fight, the incredible promotion, the sweep-you-off-your-feet kind of love story, the high-highs and the low-lows. God prepares us for the entire story, while all we can see is the current chapter.

Sometimes, the rest we’re made to take is restoration and other times it’s preparation. So if you’re reading this and thinking “What is she talking about?! All I need is rest!” Hang in there. If you can’t keep your head above water, find comfort in knowing that God always gives you what you need. This verse says “I will not need anything.” As much as we think we know ourselves, God knows us better. And if you don’t have it, it means you don’t currently need it.

If you’re in a season like me, where it feels like you can’t add chaos to your life no matter how hard you try, God knows that you haven’t yet rested long enough. And if you’re barely hanging on, God sees you and knows when to provide you with the rest you’re desperately craving.

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Are you currently in a season of rest, or of action? Are you comfortable where you’re at, or do you find yourself looking for change? Try to look for the reasons that God might have you in the place you’re in and share your challenges, concerns, and cries for help with Him today.

Pray

For someone in your life who needs rest and restoration – this can also be a prayer for yourself if needed!

Baked Grapefruit

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

Serves 2 • 1/2 Grapefruit

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Ingredients

  • 1 large grapefruit
  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Cut grapefruit in half and remove any loose seeds and flesh
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  3. In a bowl, combine oats, honey, cinnamon, vanilla, and applesauce
  4. Mix until oats are coats
  5. Spoon half of the mixture on to the top of each grapefruit
  6. Place grapefruit in a baking dish and bake for 15-20 minutes, until grapefruit and oats are both soft
  7. Serve with a scoop of greek yogurt if desired
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