God has really been doing a work in my 8 year old son lately. Praise God! He got baptized this month after coming to me and saying, “When is the next baptism class? I HAVE TO get baptized this month!” and he’s been busy reading Christmas devotionals and asking lots of questions; all the while I have been overwhelmed by moving into a new place, meeting year end deadlines for work, Christmas shopping, and stressing over my inability to pay for my son’s tuition next year and pondering the transition to a new school (if it’s God’s leading, let it be done).
My son asked me last night as he was reading one of our Christmas devotionals, “what does consecrated mean?” I started to tear up as I’ve so many times expressed to God my desire to be consecrated to Him but then I fall off somewhere in my devotion. It’s not for lack of desire or for lack of my heart posture, but I get overwhelmed. By life. I feel like the past couple months have been an auto-pilot passing of time, like I’m present but I’m just surviving. That’s how things go. Sometimes everything is flowing in a good rhythm, a good harmony, but sometimes it’s like floating in the middle of the ocean during a hurricane, trying to keep from drowning.
God gives endurance. God gives strength. He upholds. His grace is unending and His love never fails.
I’m not the only one overwhelmed right now; I hear people all around me expressing the same thing. We have to hang in there as this is only for a short while. Lean in to God and His strength. Sometimes you may feel like you’re barely surviving, but if you’re leaning on God, He will not let you fall. We’ve got this!
‘Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.’ (Phillipians 4:4-13)