Matthew 11:28-29Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
This has been one of those weeks... lots of good... lots of not. Do you have those roller coaster weeks? As usual these things all seem to happen when my hormones are at the most active so I have to just make sure to rest in Christ because I am more apt to jump on board with Satan in my responses to things.
There is turmoil with a relationship at church... but it's produced a new friend, and renewed respect for our pastor. I always hesitate to fuss about relations at church, I don't want people that don't attend a church to be turned away. My church is really awesome. There are a ton of really amazing supportive people, we do alot of really good work for those within the church as well as surrounding it... it's also full of us regular old human people with regular old human issues and we sin. We also have to go to Christ and repeatedly ask for forgiveness and grace. Church isn't a home for the perfect, it's for those of us that aren't and know we need Christ's help with life. Sometimes we have turmoil... it's a growth opportunity. :) And sometimes there are growing pains. Ya know?
I learned of the death of a sweet baby that has broken my heart. It's always so so sad when a baby dies, please pray for the families that loved her. My comfort is in knowing the Christ is now holding her in His arms. He needed her more than we did here on earth.
A family that D has been mentoring is in major turmoil, they have several children, teen and younger... there have been drugs, running away, reports of abuse. It's just a sad situation all the way around.
As I was laying in bed last night I was praying for the Lord's guidance. So many areas in life seem to be under attack. It's crazy. I have been working on seeing the light in the darkness, I have been striving to see the face of Christ in those that make my heart hurt...knowing there is something within them that makes their heart hurt as well.
He gave me the verse Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened... I felt him asking me to lay my head in His arms. He would hold me. He's also the one holding all the other situations surrounding me. He's the one in charge... I can't fix it all. :) So I rest.
There is beauty in His love. There is a time for each season.
Where there is turmoil, I have seen a new friendship formed.
Where there is death, I see renewed life and purpose.
Where there is loss, I see potential for growth.
Where there is confusion, I see new opportunities arising.
Where there seems to be no answer, I see new doors opening.
So as Natalie Grant's song 'Held' says...
"The promise was that was when everything fails, we'd be held...."
He's at work...He's taking care of things...He's the light in a world so full of darkness.
We are being held.
ETA: After posting this, I read an email from my friend Tesfaye who grew up in the leper colony in Addis... he is full of joy and praising God. I have a renewed sense of love at the power of our Lord...and a smile on my face. He is indeed an amazing God is He not?!