I started this #write31days challenge two days late, and I didn’t post anything yesterday. And, the reason? I was exhausted.
One of our four year olds jumped right off the end of her bed Wednesday afternoon so we spent the evening in the ER then I spent too much time getting up to check on her to make sure she and her broken arm were comfortable enough. Ironically, I had just posted How to Sleep in Peace. Hmmm…..
Anyway, I’m tired, and I thought some of you might be, too, so today I want to offer a word to the weary.
Those of us who run from one thing to the next, barely stopping to breathe.
Those of us who worry about the world and all our little people in it.
Those of us who spent last night wiping tears or taking temperatures.
Those of us with financial strain or relationship wreckage.
You know…any (and probably) all of us.
We’re all a little weary, right? After all, we’re part of creation, and if I recall correctly, it is groaning for the world to be redeemed, and we are groaning inwardly with it. Like a woman in labor. Is anybody more weary than a woman in labor? (See Romans 8:22-23)
So what do we do when we feel like our candles are burning at both ends so quickly they’re about to burn out?
We wrap two weary hands and a very full heart around the words of Psalm 18:28-29:
“You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. With your help, I can advance against a troop; with my God, I can scale a wall.”
Do you hear the power in that promise? I feel like I can barely walk around the block, but with his help? Move over, Marines. Basic training’s got nothing on me.
Okay, in my case, this verse might have to be taken metaphorically.
The point is my problems don’t compete with his power.
And neither do yours.
He takes the darkness and turns it into light. Our confusion, the chaos, the wandering way we weave through life. He can make it all clear. He can enable us to climb to the heights or he can move mountains out of our way.
Our strength is not enough; his is abundantly more than we need.
And, he is willing to share. After all….
“God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8