I received an email this morning asking me for help in a very daunting area. It is amazing how any of us survive what is on our plate. She had tried and she listed so many things she was doing with apparently no movement. I did the usual pinging and directional answers but my emphasis was on this.
What are you doing in the meantime? You see I crashed and burned and I don't want to see others go that route. What we do in the meantime may be the key we need to resolving that issue.
I had this experience a few years ago now. I was over my head in pain and unresolved issues. I had it out with God and in desperation asked him for one thing. Just tell me the one thing and I will do it! I was jolted awake that night with these words. 'Will you just frickin enjoy me.' There was such a sadness in his tone.
Honestly, I was rather offended. I was looking more on the lines of fasting and prayer. Enjoyment was not on my radar; certainly not as any verifiable turning point. I was at a crossroads and I took the first step toward the garden.
It matters. Building joy enables us to face the hardship. It gives us the capacity to do hard things. Holding joy and pain together and be okay with that was a new concept for me. Not either or but AND.
One of my go to versus is in Colossians 1:11,12.
We pray that you'll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul - not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.
It talks much about strength and according to Nehemiah 8:10, we know where that comes from.
My voice has changed considerably as I am going from task oriented to relationship driven. It started with a heartfelt prayer. God's ways work. We are called to walk in his ways. The way of self-care, rest and kindness toward one self. I feel like such a novice but I have grown so much in this one area. The investment is well worth it.
I would love to have a conversation with you about your life and how you are living well 'in the meantime.'
We'd love to hear from you.