Wednesday, December 15, 2010

the limits of poor, weak dust...

Just so you don't think I've "got it all together"... This post will surely debunk that myth. I've debated on whether or not I want to post about this, because it is my private journey and struggle currently. At the same time, I believe that there may be MANY who are possibly in the same place.

Over the last 2 1/2 years, we have faced a LOT of change in our household. Job changes, moves, financial changes, leaving family, adding to the family (soon to be 2xs), divorces in our close family, blah blah blah.

The last year has been interesting. While God has provided support that I could not have dreamed of, living in a new place is still just that ... new. unfamiliar. uncomfortable. lonely.

At the same token, we have been unbelievably blessed by some of the BEST neighbors and church family we could EVER ask for. So... within it, there is ALWAYS provision from the Lord.

If you know me, I have always been involved... and maybe over-committed. When we moved, I vowed that my "new life" wasn't going to be that way. It would reflect a "calm and peaceful home." Slowly, I have traded that for a life that has been slowly evolving into more than I can handle. Now, hear me out. I love Jesus more than life. I am not seeking "balance" because He owns me.. and I'll do whatever he wants. What I'm seeking is "obedience." I do not want to be busy with the WRONG things, but I will give my life away to the RIGHT things. I get the whole "my life is not my own" part... but that doesn't mean I can give it to any "good" thing. I hear my sweet Jesus calling me back... for a time of refreshing... It reminds me of this:

There was this guy, you might know him... Elijah. He loved the Lord with all he was. BUT, he was going through some not so great stuff and had actually RAN a very LONG journey... which landed him "under a juniper tree." That's where he actually laid and asked God to take him on home! Physical exhaustion led to depression for Elijah... you know... the guy that everyone thought JESUS was... ya, even he struggled emotionally! When Elijah laid there... God sent an angel and left food and water for him... and that kept him alive... from perishing. It didn't "fix" his exhaustion, but it kept him moving. The bible says that the angel said " get up and eat, or the journey will be too much for you." Basically... TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF or you will not be able to do what God wants from you.

ok, break from this story. I struggle SO MUCH with taking care of myself. In my heart, I do not want to be selfish or self-centered... but I know the Lord needs me to be healthy in order to do what He has called me to. I must see that taking care of myself and being self-absorbed are 2 different things. In addition, don't you love how God provided exactly what Elijah needed to continue? He didn't scorn him or just say "suck it up..." He provided, and allowed for refreshment. Back to the story...

Elijah went on for 40 days from that food... then went to a mountain where he MET GOD... in a still small voice... He went to the mountain of God... and there he was able to stand in the Lord's presence after being on a journey that almost killed him.
He then went from that place BACK to where he had RAN from... and eventually appointed Elisha as his successor... back to finish business and build God's story and legacy...

Ok. I'm not really sure what God is asking me. But I know that I am to a point that I can no longer go in the way I have ran in the past. And, i'm not exactly sure... but I think I MAY be sitting under a juniper tree!! WHAT IN THE WORLD?
Not where I want to be! When our physical strength is gone, all else ceases. God is faithful. He is enough. He provides enough. And I desire to meet Him on the mountain and receive Him fully so that I can continue on... back to the life He has called us to. I am a lover of Jesus, a wife to the Mr., a mom to my 3...soon to be 4... wonderful children... and a defender of orphans. I want to spend my life well... and in order to do that, I am in need of refreshement from God.. or "the journey will be too much for you."

I realize this is a LONG post.. but I have to add this poem from a devo I read...

I'm too tired to trust and too tired to pray,
Said I , as my overtaxed strength gave way.
The one conscious thought that my mind possessed,
Is, oh, could I just drop it all and rest.

Will God forgive me, do you suppose,
If I go right to sleep as a baby goes,
Without questioning if I may,
Without even trying to trust and pray?

Will God forgive you? Think back, dear heart,
When language to you was an unknown art,
Did your mother deny you needed rest,
Or refuse to pillow your head on her breast?

Did she let you want when you could not ask?
Did she give her child an unequal task?
Or did she cradle you in her arms,
And then guard your slumber against alarms?

Oh how quickly a mother's love can see,
The unconscious yearnings of infancy.
When you've grown too tired to trust and pray,
When overworked nature has given way

Then just drop it all, and give up to rest,
As you used to do on a mother's breast
He knows all about it, the dear Lord knows,
So just go to sleep as a baby goes

Without even asking if you may
God knows when His child is too tired to pray
He judges not solely by uttered prayer,
He knows when the yearnings of love are there.

He knows you do pray, He knows you do trust.
And He knows too the limits of poor, weak dust.
Oh, the wonderful sympathy of Christ,
For His chosen ones in that midnight tryst,

When He told them, "Sleep and take your rest"
While on Him the guilt of the whole world pressed
You have trusted your life to Him to keep
then don't be afraid to go right to sleep...

Ella Conrad Cowherd...

If you are needing to be refreshed, don't wait... the Lord wants to give his servants living water... times of rest... so that we can then "get back at it"... just like Elijah did. If you don't know the story you should read it... 1 Kings 19. So... there it is... all my junk...


  1. Thanks Mitzi. I'm nowhere near as unselfish as you but I definitely feel the need for some time of refreshment. I'll be praying that you find the refreshment, encouragement, etc. that you need. I love you and hold you in VERY high esteem (because you ARE human, yet you love Jesus and are always trying to do the right thing, which is much more than I can say of myself.) I hope to see you soon but if you have too much going on during your visit, I understand. Please enjoy your time with family to the max and have a wonderful, blessed and RELAXING Christmas! :)

  2. LOVE you friend. Praying He is all you need, and you find your time of rest and refreshing peace that only He can give. Do all that you need, and please let me help! :)

  3. Thank you for your honesty Mitzi! I can relate so well! I've been at that point myself and then I find myself getting burnt out on it all. I'm trying to find my way back to the happy medium! As moms it's so easy to think we need to be putting everyone else's needs ahead of our own but I've found that in doing that I end up actually bringing more harm than good to my family and my ministry because I can't give fully when I'm worn out. We all need a little refreshing now and then! I hope you're able to get that!

  4. So, did you like read my journal or something this morning??! I am RIGHT there with you, friend! I pray the Lord will renew your spirit day by day. Thank you for your honesty and transparency. Its hard to spill yourself out like that for whomever to read, but you encourage those of us who struggle with the same things when you share! Thank you!

  5. We've been studying spiritual disciplines in our small group at church and one of the disciplines that we so often overlook these days is Sabbath-keeping. I think this is why so many of us are so exhausted all the time. Our culture doesn't lend itself to keeping a Sabbath in the way that God commanded in the Bible. God established a rhythm to life, and one element of that is taking a day out of every seven to rest...not just selfishly rest and do our own thing but to "rest with God." This is something I am going to try to get better at and I pray that God will give you and your whole family time to rest with God so you can better serve Him!

    Love you guys!

  6. Thanks Tim... that is so true. It seems like the teaching is all self-sacrifice or self-indulgence... and God created rest so that HE could replenish us for HIS purpose. Love ya'll...