Perspective changes everything. For instance, the weather can be gloomy and overcast, but the sun still shines—it’s just hidden behind the clouds. Life can mirror this image. Though we might stand in the midst of clouds like pressures, stresses, and worries, the light of the Lord never dims. He strengthens us and gives us peace, focusing us on His blessings and power.
Today’s responsibilities pressed me, squashing out the joy. Instead of focusing on the privilege of writing about the Lord and teaching His Word, I felt burdened and overwhelmed. Behind. Rather than appreciating the opportunities to impact my children’s lives, I resisted the work this can involve. I also worried over the time required for an appointment on Wednesday and a commitment on Thursday. Work, work, work! I grumbled silently. A vacation sounded much more pleasurable.
I wish I could deny the existence of these feelings because they seem weak. Whiny. And a waste of time. But it’s real life, and yes, sometimes these feelings multiply inside of me like sprouting weeds.
Guess what God did? He met me as I knelt in prayer and spoke about this reality. He reminded me of Isaiah 40:31, one of my favorite verses:
Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
And I responded, But Lord, I feel like I’m limping—not even walking.
Just talking to God about this seemingly insignificant matter brought relief. He lifted the weight and readjusted my perspective. He fostered gratitude within me for the fact there are actually people who read the words He gives me. There’s also a faithful group of women who gather each Thursday when I teach the Bible.
I realized and confessed I wasn’t trusting God with my responsibilities. Because I sought to accomplish them in my own strength, they burdened me. The Lord graciously reminded me:
Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of hosts (Zech. 4:6).
God changed my perspective, and in so doing, He changed me. I’m not writing these words from deep wells of spiritual wisdom. I’m writing out of weakness, trusting that “when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:10).
How about you? What fills your schedule for the rest of this week? JESUS is the strength you need.