I honestly don’t understand why hard stuff happens in our lives. But the Bible doesn’t promise us that once we accept Jesus as our Savior and enter into a relationship with Him that it’s all rainbows, lollipops and roses. I wish!
God promises that He will be with us when we face trials.
“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”Deuteronomy 31:6
The Lord promises that when we’re feeling weary, He will give us rest.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.Matthew 11:28
God also reminds us that we can find joy in the trials of life.
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.James 1:2
To be honest, life has been pretty tough over the past few years. So many things have left me feeling emotionally, physically and spiritually exhausted!
We all have struggles. We all carry burdens. We are all imperfect. That’s why we need a Savior!
Life is hard. Things become overwhelming. We mess up. And it sort of stinks some days, doesn’t it?
We like to put on that smiley face and pretend everything’s ok.
Some days we need to do it, simply to get through the day.
But eventually, the more unreal we are with the people in our lives, the easier it becomes to detach from the world around us. And the more we detach and hide our hard stuff, the more we give the enemy space to run free. And that’s a dangerous, soul-crushing place to be.
One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned over the past few years is to “simply” rest in Jesus.
Yeah, I know, there is no simple about it. But we often make it harder than it needs to be.
We sign up for a bunch of Bible studies, exhaust ourselves serving at church and in the community, or bang ourselves up if we aren’t “Christian enough.” Sometimes the Church itself shames us into thinking we’ve failed because we aren’t doing more or meeting “their” standards for being a Christ-follower.
We can rest in Jesus when we go to Him with our burdens, trusting that He has a plan for us and knowing that we don’t have to exhaust ourselves by performing to earn favor with Him.
We can trust Him by knowing that even when we don’t have the answers, all things do eventually work together for His good and His glory. (Romans 8:28) Even if we can’t see it.
My heart hurts so much sometimes, that it almost feels like I will burst into a gazillion pieces if I can’t just cry out all the pain locked deep inside my soul. I’ve been pouring it all out to my Heavenly Father. And like Pringles, once you start, you just can’t stop!
I don’t my hide the hard stuff, I’m a pretty open book, because I firmly believe in the healing power of authenticity. But I’m thankful that in the midst of all my craziness I can still seek and find the joy around me.
Seek Jesus in every nook and cranny of your life.
A pastor friend told me a while back to “Seek Jesus out in every nook and cranny of your life.” And that’s what I do. It works because He is always there! And some days it feels like a treasure hunt because I have to look hard in the midst of all the muck. But He’s there, and it’s a joy to find the treasure!
Spiritual rest is a beautiful thing!
Will you join me today?
Let’s rest and drink from the well of our heavenly Father.
Devour His word.
Remind ourselves of His promises.
Ask for prayer.
Lean on friends.
Trust His goodness.
Trust His timing.
Trust His will.
Spend time in God’s word.
Rest in His promises.
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I love this post from Stacey from “Encountering God In The Ordinary.” She talks about how easy it is to live a life that leads to exhaustion. I mean, let’s face it, we’ve all been in a place where we have too many plates spinning, right? I love how Stacey reminds us that Jesus is the cure for overcoming our exhaustion. She says “The trouble is, too often, we don’t associate time spent with Jesus as refreshment. We’re bored with reading our Bibles, our prayer lives put us to sleep, and we struggle to encounter Jesus in ways that actually fill us and bring life.”
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