October 28, 2020
The Drawback With Extra
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“They are going to be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It doesn’t concern when warmth comes; its leaves are all the time inexperienced. It has no worries in a yr of drought and by no means fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8 (NIV)
I usually discover myself praying two prayers, run-on sentence type, unironically and in the identical breath.
God, I’ve an excessive amount of.
God, when are You going to provide me extra?
On the one hand, I discover myself suffocating, sputtering and gasping, unable to breathe with every thing weighing on my lungs. It’s like a 2-ton to-do listing sits down on my chest and refuses to maneuver till I give it treats of countless checkmarks and infinite spotlight reels.
Generally I really feel like I’m drowning, breathless on the busyness of an over-scheduled, over-crowded, over-managed lifetime of my very own making. It’s all an excessive amount of. Nevertheless it’s all too little. And that’s precisely after I ask for extra.
God, when are You going to provide me what they’ve? When will my life look similar to theirs?
I current my blueprints to God, these fastidiously drawn constructions of a life I’ve deliberate. I layer on second and third flooring to a floor degree that’s already shaky. I ignore a basis that’s starting to crumble beneath the load of attempting to change into one thing I used to be by no means designed to be. I stare at my plans and want for another person’s, one thing grander, extra ornate.
Please give me much less, God.
However please, oh please, God, when will You give me extra?
The Bible tells us we had been by no means meant to stay this manner: “Come to me, all you who’re weary and burdened, and I provides you with relaxation. Take my yoke upon you and be taught from me, for I’m mild and humble in coronary heart, and you’ll discover relaxation in your souls. For my yoke is simple and my burden is gentle” (Matthew 11:28-30, NIV).
It’s so lovely that Jesus would use the imagery of a yoke. A yoke was usually used to topic oxen to the bondage of continually plowing ahead, pushed ever onward by the heavy weight they carried on their shoulders — sound acquainted? In Matthew 11, Jesus makes use of it to characterize the true freedom solely present in coming to Him for relaxation. He’s saying you’ll be able to lay down the load of the hustle, this fixed spinning and striving, attempting to work your means into price.
As a substitute, the remainder He presents us is extra like a tree planted by the water, as Jeremiah 17:8 says: “They are going to be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It doesn’t concern when warmth comes; its leaves are all the time inexperienced. It has no worries in a yr of drought and by no means fails to bear fruit.”
It offers extra oxygen than it takes. It gives shade and shelter to those that need to come and sit by it for some time. It’s a welcome place of belonging. A much-needed respite for the weary. A spot to return and relaxation our drained souls.
Heavenly Father, I waste a lot time attempting to earn my price in a world that values this fleeting forex of “extra.” I’ll admit, I typically attempt to take the plans out of Your arms, believing I someway know higher. Thank You, Jesus, that You see price in me exterior of any of my works. That You provide me relaxation. That You like me, no matter what I obtain or get completed at the moment. Assist me to stay like Your love is unfailing. In Jesus’ Identify, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
2 Corinthians 12:9, “However he mentioned to me, ‘My grace is adequate for you, for my energy is made excellent in weak point.’Subsequently I’ll boast all of the extra gladly about my weaknesses, in order that Christ’s energy might relaxation on me.” (NIV)
With out realizing it, we’ve let reaching and performing change into our oxygen. Perfectionism is the penance we expect we’ve got to pay to take up area in any room. We really feel damaged and disqualified from the laborious tales that depart muddy fingerprints throughout our lives, and we limp alongside in that “by no means enough-ness” moderately than stepping boldly into the decision God has positioned on our lives.
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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
When was a time you discovered your self asking God for each much less and extra on the identical time? Did you understand you had been already overwhelmed, even when you had been wishing for extra of what another person had?
It’s good to recollect all of the instances God has offered the place hustle by no means may. Share your tales of God’s relaxation and provision within the feedback part!
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