Finding Strength for the Journey
This past week was loaded with challenges and expectations that were beyond my ability to handle on my own. I found myself on the borderline of feeling overwhelmed and knew I needed to get recharged or I would burn out.
During my prayer time, the Holy Spirit reminded me of John 15:5 that says, “Apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5), I sensed God was inviting me to come to Him so I could experience refreshment, renewal and freedom from all the worries, frustration and burdens of this season. It was an invitation I got to choose. Do I want to fully trust God to get me through and provide me strength for the journey or do I allow frustration to riddle my thoughts and words?
Matthew 11:28 (MSG) kept nudging my heart to trust and come to Jesus: 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 MSG
Have you ever found yourself wanting to fulfill a goal, but then not having the strength for the journey to reach it? Even when we are pursuing something that is God’s will, we still need to lean in and rely on Him and trust Him to be our strength each step of the way.
God’s Word reminds us in Psalm 84:5 (VOICE) “Blessed are those who make You their strength, for they treasure every step of the journey.”
I want to treasure every step of the journey rather than have the attitude of “I can’t wait until this is over.” Seeing how quickly my little grandchildren are growing, it reminds me what a treasure each step, each moment, and each season can be.
One of the best ways to treasure each step is to start your day with God! Form the habit of beginning to talk with Him before you even get out of bed. Commit your worries and concerns over to Him. Ask God to help you enjoy the journey and grant you with the wisdom and ability to accomplish all that is on your plate.
I have made my decision to welcome each day as a gift, to do the most I can with it. I urge you to do the same.
In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides]. —Ephesians 6:10 AMPC Blessings, Cindy