Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Back to Life - Back to Reality

Oh how we wait and wish for long holiday weekends. Sometimes those long weekends don’t come a bit too soon in my life and this one was no different. By the end of the day this past Friday, considering the type of day it was, I was very grateful for a long weekend to get away from the same old, same old. I wanted to enjoy my family, my home, and enjoy worship on Sunday without the gloom of Monday hanging over my head.

I really enjoyed the time off and tried to make the best of it, but here we are once again, back to real life, back to reality! (Wasn’t that a song from the 90’s?) If your life is like mine, sometimes you have to work so hard before and after that “day off” that when you return, it is so overwhelming that it doesn’t seem that the day off was worth it. There have been days over the years when life gets back to full speed so quickly that I think I will suffocate from it all.

There is hope though, take at look at what God’s Word says in Lamentations 3:22-23:

“Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” NIV

This says we are not consumed. We won’t be consumed by tight schedules, by ringing phones, by demanding emails, by budgets, new unexpected responsibilities, needs of our children, needs of our spouses, a car on empty when we get in it, or even by the demands of people we come into contact with. Because of His great love (not just love – “great” love), all of the demands upon you and me today will not swallow us whole. They will not consume us.

God of Great Love, I thank you that your love for me holds the world back so that it cannot consume me. I thank you that you have new compassion for me every morning and ask You, Lord for that compassion today. I need you with me and in me as I face the demands ahead of me. I thank you, Father, that there is nothing I will face today that you don’t already know about. Nothing that I will experience will be a surprise to you. There is nothing in this day that You can’t use to teach me something new about You. I pray for courage to step into it without dread and with my head held high because of Your great love for me.

Amy Dotson, RPDOTK (Royal Princess Daughter Of The King)
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1 comment:

  1. I have leaned on that verse so many times, in times of long weekends with my kids, its just that much harder when "normal" returns, knowing I will not be consumed, and verse 21 says "this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope....." That is a truth I cling to consistently. I have hope, and I will not be consumed by a workload, or emotions. Thank you again for your encouragement.


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