When the Little Monster (aka Parkinson’s disease) began making its debut into my life in undeniable ways, one of the symptoms was RLS, otherwise known as Restless Leg Syndrome. RLS is a condition that can manifest itself in others who don’t necessarily have Parkinson’s and yet, it doesn’t matter whether you have PD and RLS together or not – either way it is quite annoying.
RLS makes your legs feel tingly and jumpy – restless, like its name, to say the least. You feel like your nerves are going to jump right out of your lower limbs and I have found myself in the wee hours of the morning, walking in circles to get it to stop.
RLS has lead me to find comfort in Psalm 37, where David talks about being patient and trusting the Lord. When we grow restless and are not necessarily putting our trust in God, we tend to take matters into our own hands and try to fix what is wrong in our lives by ourselves. But David found a better way. He trusted God and in doing so, he found rest – the opposite of being restless.
David had learned to dwell where he was and enjoy God in that place. He was able to delight in the Lord because his focus was vertical, not horizontal. It took patience – being still and waiting on God. Virtues that are quite opposite from that of being restless.
The remedy from restlessness in the spiritual realm is trusting. Trusting in a God who promises to give us the desires of our heart when we find delight in Him. When God makes a promise, such as providing for you, protecting you, forgiving you, loving you, or maybe giving you the desires of your heart, you can trust Him and not spend the night hours pacing the floor in anxiousness and restlessness.
Are you restless about something and haven’t trusted God to come through? Give it over to Him now and claim Psalm 37 and then… wait patiently for Him to do it.
Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:3-7a NIV