“He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. “(Isaiah 40:11 ESV)
I want to encourage you weary today that God sees the circumstance of a mother (or anyone who cares for the needy 24/7). He is shepherding us. When we look up and see His staff, it shows us that by His authority he is loving, guiding, and protecting us. He has used His staff to rescue us and will continue to use it to lead us gently. If we are needy, our Shepard will gather us in His arms and bring us into the peace and safety of His bosom.
Those of us with young can easily become weary. Pregnancy, nursing/feeding, night-waking, illness, can make you feel like you are always doing yet never getting anything done. You are so tired but feel nothing has been accomplished. And what about that lady who needed a meal, the elderly person you want to visit, the phone calls to make! I can slip into the thinking that God is so disappointed with my weakness–that I can barely manage much else besides caring for my small children. But God is not angry with my weakness, instead he uses it as the doorway to His grace:
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5)
Over and over again in scripture we see that God gives grace to the one who sees how weak they are, how much they need Him. He is happy to love people like us, who don’t have it all together and recognize that we cannot get it all together. Us who do not have the energy to bust out piles good works to impress Him and others.
“But his is the one to whom I look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” (Isaiah 66:2)
It does not say, “I look at those who are accomplishing so much that they don’t even need Me or my word. I can only love the confident, mentally stable, and energetic.” NO! He is for you mama, who prays for strength to be loving to her children while the toilet is overflowing and there goes your plans for anything else that day. Or for you who are holding a sick baby and can barely stay awake enough to watch your other children. Or is it you, caring for an aging parent who is leaving you exhausted and heartbroken today? Reach out to Him and He will hold you in His arms, bring you into His bosom and show you grace.
I know as mothers it is common to feel overwhelmed. The feeling can strike us before we even get out of bed. My prayer from my bed in the morning is often a profound “God help me!” as I feel like a failure before even attempting my day.
I am thinking instead of being overwhelmed by our fears, to-do lists, and problems we become overwhelmed by God’s love for us. We become absolutely amazed to wake up to another day to experience God’s forgiveness and total acceptance of us through His Son.
If I can’t accomplish what I want to, I know that Jesus accomplished everything on my behalf on the cross.
If I am afraid I won’t have enough, I can know that he has not withheld any good thing from me since He did not even withhold his Son (Romans 8:32, Psalm 84:11).
If I feel like I can’t go on, I know the Lord has gone before me and ordained all my days (Psalm 139:16).
If I am afraid of what will happen next, I can be assured that my future is eternally secure in Christ.
If I look in the mirror and think I am not enough, I can know that Christ has already made me beautiful and those who look to Him are radiant (Psalm 43:5)
Live in God’s free gift of the gospel. It is accessible to us at any moment and we can take ahold of it but we will need to continually take ahold of it. Let’s wake up tomorrow feeling totally overwhelmed…by God’s love.
How He Loves Us!
I have been feeling uninspired and far from God lately. Blah. Not my favorite time. Whatever the cause, I really feel like disconnecting from everything, but that is not the solution. When I was a newer Christian this type of feeling would make me doubt I believed or that any of my faith was real. Now I now that after almost 11 years of walking with God I know that sometimes this happens. And since I feel unable to really even express myself I will let David do it for me:
How long,O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me. Psalm 13
I have learned that while it can make life exciting to be an emotional person it can also make life scary. That is when I have to stand firm on the promises of God and on the finished work of Jesus. I will take David’s advice and “trust in his unfailing love” and not my failing love. I will rejoice in my salvation and wait for the feelings to come back. Some of Psalm 139:
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!
And listen to a Keith Green song: My Eyes Are Dry