I stumbled across this earlier today…
It reminded me of something God told me earlier in the year, that I wasn’t to worry about the future plans but to just live in and enjoy where I was in that moment.
It’s also a timely reminder at the moment. I’ve been a bit quiet lately because life was getting on top of me – turns out you can only push yourself so much before you needs a rest! Between several challenges I’ve had a lesson in recent weeks of the need to stop once in a while. I’ve had to learn the word ‘no’ and accept that there’s only so much of me that I can give, and sometimes there is just less available to give. And that that’s ok.
A couple weeks ago when I was in the midst of finishing assignments, working on some devotionals and writing a sermon, I was reflecting on just how much effort each of those tasks take. They may have all involved writing but there was a significant difference in the brain drain associated. When I work on a sermon (or a devotional) I’m looking for God’s direction, looking for his divine inspiration. And I’m surprised time and time again how easily it will seem to come together. But when I’m working on an assignment I don’t look for help, but rather just try to do it all off my own back. I try to do it in my own strength.
It made me think, what else is there that we think we have to do all on our own, when in fact God’s just in the wings, waiting for us to ask? What would life look like if we invited God in to help with the assignment writing, or the housecleaning, or into that meeting, rather than just inviting him into the more ‘obvious’ jobs?
Sometimes we will just need to slow down and stop for a bit, to just float for a while. That’s what God had Elijah do when he was afraid and weary, Elijah just slept, ate and drank and looked after himself for a while. (1 Kings 19:5-8) And sometimes we will be able to carry on with life, but need the reminder that God is there to help us. For Jesus said,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
We don’t need to be superwoman (or superman). Sometimes we need to stop and float. And when we are ready, Jesus is ready and waiting to carry some of the load. I wonder what other parts of life might be easier when his help is asked for…