The world seems abuzz with the excitement of Christmas. Lots of festivities scheduled on the calendar. Cookies to bake, shopping to do, trees to trim, packages to wrap. Then snap!! Life gets in the way. The furnace breaks down, the car needs brakes, new tires, an alignment--didn't anyone tell my house and car it is Christmas? my body is forced to move in short, guarded steps to avoid muscle strain and greater back pain. So much to do...so little resources to do it with. Then....a scripture thought is delivered to my inbox from Adrian Rogers. And I say, "Ah...that's me."
"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." 2 Corinthians 4:7
Ever have that happen to you? The words are exactly what you need to hear. The frustrations of the world melt a bit. The energy you're holding onto to face another day, another hour, an unexpected crisis, seems to seep right out of your frazzled mind. My ideas, my plans take a back seat and I let God prioritize my life. Again.
All too often the fuel I use to propel me through a day is self-infused. Thinking a positive thought. Resisting the negative. Seeking an answer, then acting on what I deem appropriate for the situation...thinking, thinking, thinking. God wants me to relax...let go...stop doing, going, thinking, just let go of the tension and rest in His arms. Let His power carry me where I think I have been taking myself. Christ in me is the "treasure" in my "earthen vessel". Christ's power flows through me and so often I let life get in the way of His grace and glory. I stand in front of His windows of opportunity. Instead of letting Him shine, I pull the curtains of discontent, irritation, and sheer exhaustion over windows of hope, strength, and power.
Today I rest. I rest in Him. I need His filling, His refreshment. Today the cracks within my soul and mind need His mending. How about you?