Thanksgiving weekend has ended and it seems I am more weary than I was before this “break”. I wake early to meet with God. The sun has not yet risen and the house is still ~ I’ve learned the hard way that a day not started with Him is doomed to frustration-failure. I am sitting with Jesus, trying to focus on Him.
My mind is distracted by all that lies before me: the hospitality and desire to connect with friends that feed my soul, the ministry needs, doctor appointment, laundromat, carpooling, shopping and meals. On and on it goes and the more I mull it over, the more blank my stare becomes.
I say Lord, “Too much is demanded.”
How can so much be expected of one woman? I just want to crawl back in bed, bury under the covers and hide from the responsibilities I’ve been given. I remember this verse and I reason it out; my abundance of blessings demands an abundance of me.
I read the Scripture again.
My abundance of outreach or blessings do not require an abundance of me; they demand an abundance of Him!
I read it again but this time I paraphrase the verse, inserting God’s name.
From everyone who has been given much, much Jesus will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more Jesus will be asked.
The Lord is whispering to our hearts, “I Am what is demanded. I Am what needs to be asked. I am the wise manager Who is in charge of His servants and I provide your needs according to my supply. Do not focus on being your own source. Instead, look to Me.”
I whisper back, “Yes, Lord.”
Perhaps, like me, you are a woman with a plate that is piled high and full. Maybe, like I have, you thought you were given these immense responsibilities because God thinks you are capable of handling so much (only to find it is always too much). There is great work to do but only One who can accomplish it. Let’s move from the thoughts that God is dependent on us and live in the knowledge that our lives demand His power. Less me, more Jesus, is always the Way. Will you pray with me?
Lord, You have trusted me with so much and my plate is overflowing with needs of my own and others. Help me to understand the responsibilities I have been given do not demand more of me, they demand more of You. Without You I can do nothing, and with You I can do everything. Amen.
I pray you Live Like You Know… where you are going.
Strength to strength,