Wednesday, April 28, 2010

This is something I have thought about all week....
Ever felt like everything was crashing in all at once?
Or like you're carrying a backpack so heavy that you feel like you'll fall over at any second?

This week has been one where I feel like it is pouring in my life but not even necessarily from things that I would say in my own life are going "wrong."
It's the end of the semester and obviously with that comes stress, anxiety, and wondering - will I even make it to the finish line?

All this to say, I have a lot of worries and heavy things on my heart, burdens for others in my life that I so badly want for them to see truth and let God reveal wisdom into their life, but realizing that I can't make that happen, and needing to take a step back has not been the easiest of things for me.

I really have nothing in my own world to complain about, I am extremely blessed, but being honest about how I feel, it just keeps raining. I'm tired.

This past Sunday when I was in Memphis, the pastor talked about peace. Funny that he talked about it this week, because it was exactly what I needed to hear.
He quoted a verse from the message, and although I've heard it a hundred times this translation really got to me.
the verse says this:

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." Matthew 11:28-30

I have been meditating on this verse all week long. Other things that the Lord has brought to my attention this week have been such a blessing.

The Rob Bell Nooma video called "rain" ...I woke up one morning quoting the line from the end in my head "We're gonna make it buddy"

Kari Jobe's song called "You are for me" - "I know you will never forsake me in weakness. I know that you are for me. You have come down, even if to right on my heart, to remind me of who you are."

Lines from songs I've known my whole life - "I love the Lord, he heard my cry."

"I will never leave you nor forsake you"

The list could continue with things that have been on my heart and mind this week as I have been asking the Lord to "wrap me in his arms."

The Bible promises that when we seek, and ask, we will find and the Lord hears our cries and he will answer us.

He has been with me in a real way this week even when I feel like I just can't keep going and I just need my Mom to be here to hug me and make everything better.

I am thankful for a God that carries us when we can't walk anymore. Even when it's pouring.

1 comment:

  1. :-)
    Thanks for that B. It's raining over here in Tejas too--in a different kind of way of course but your words are great and well timed. I've never heard that Kari Jobe song, I don't think. I'm gonna be looking/listening for it now.
    Good luck as you MAKE IT to the finish line. Don't slow down as you get closer, run all the way thru! 23 days of school left for me!


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