Though our misfortunes may be many, God is bringing us through. We can count on this faithfulness as evidenced in all of Psalm 34. Written by King David when he was discouraged, God delivered David despite his lapse of faith. Who of us hasnot been discouraged or lacked faith? Caretaking responsibilities alone, plus aging, disease and injury seem incredibly powerful as they invade our lives. It takes ongoing discipline to keep leaning on the Lord and surrendering to all the things that are out of our control.
Even when we are overwhelmed, many of us do not or will not ask for help. Have we bought into the idea that if we are not doing all, we are weak? Pride can keep us from admitting we could use help. Particularly when we are exhausted, we can lack mental focus and doubt and worry takes up more space than prayer and faith. We are reminded where to go to seek rest in Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest.” May we take comfort in this, while we ask and wait for God to act.
Despite current circumstances with the pandemic, I have no doubt, God knows our efforts and failings, cries with us and is close to the brokenhearted. God will sustain us in our struggle when we refuel with prayer, read and study Scripture and live in His presence. Prayer is our best weapon against fear and doubt, discouragement and worry. Prayer can change our perspective and allows us to face each day. When our world is falling apart, prayer can keep us together. As we pray, we can be there for others, as well as ourselves.
Mother Teresa says, “Happiness is the natural fruit of duty. We reach our greatest happiness when we reach beyond ourselves to help others.” We are grateful for Hebrews 6:10, “For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love you have demonstrated for His name by having served and continuing to serve the holy ones.” May we be given the grace to share well-placed words of encouragement to build our loved ones and fill ourselves with hope. In God’s wisdom, He frequently chooses to meet our needs by showing His love toward us through the hands and hearts of others.
However, we cannot give from an empty place. Even Moses tells God, “I cannot carry all this people by myself, for they are too heavy for me. If this is the way You will deal with me, then please do me the favor of killing me at once, so that I need no longer face my distress.” Numbers 11:14-15. Like Moses, it is more than okay for us have limits and to find balance instead of making ourselves sick with an overload of stress and pressure. Self-care is not an option. It is a necessity for us to remain steadfast and persevere, especially today. Can we give ourselves permission to accept God’s rest and trust in His continual goodness?