Saturday, June 18, 2011

Rest Schmest

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28, NIV)

Being the mother of two super busy boys isn't an easy job. Throw on some pain, fatigue, the discouragement of chronic illness, a 40-hour-a-week job, a husband, 3 dogs, a cat, grocery shopping, checkbook balancing, bill paying, small group leading, friends, I forgetting anything?

Is it any wonder that I'm feeling overwhelmed? There are days that I can't even bring myself to fix dinner. My children have adjusted well to random hot dog or chicken nugget nights. Not that I've adjusted to the guilt I feel when I resolve to fixing those kind of dinners. I'm in the midst of baseball season for both children and extreme weather changes where 8 hours of sleep each night just doesn't seem to be enough to cut the fatigue or allow my body enough time to recuperate. Days when I only have the strength and energy to roll over and dial the phone to let them know I won't be to work that day. Days when I may be able to wash my hair, but not have the gusto to comb it.

"Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you." (Psalm 116:7, NIV)

It's in the quiet....sometimes in the shower, sometimes in the car, sometimes in a concsious effort to find the quiet....but it's there that I hear the still small voice reminding me that my rest is in Him. He reminds me that it's this world that is condemning me for not fitting into their mold, not Him. He has never pointed His finger at me or told me that I wasn't doing well enough or good enough. Quite the contrary, it's Him who applauds me at the end of every day when I've done my very best to just get through the day. It's when I am at my weakest that it can be seen how very strong He is.

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