Recently a perfect storm of house and tree damage, conflict, stress, late nights, and exhaustion made my already fragile situation very difficult. The roles of being a single parent, a home school parent, a business owner, the parent of a special needs child, and a contributor to society is about enough to drown a strong elephant, let alone a middle-aged gal with chronic pain.
Some days I grow weary of handling the many details necessary to keep all the balls in the air. Some days I crave the fellowship of others, and need a good laugh, just to keep going. But many times my church family doesn’t seem to know I even exist, and most of my friends are far away, and I can only interact with them online. Just not the same as a cup of tea, and a heartfelt conversation.
“As for you, brothers (and sisters), do not grow weary in doing good.” 2 Thessalonians 3:13
Just when I think I cannot stand it, a good friend of mine, Jean, will email me an offer to come over for a warm meal and conversation and I am saved, once again, from utter discouragement.
The deal is, Jean is a very busy mom with many of those same responsibilities, and has a husband that travels a lot for his work, so she could have lot of excuses for not taking the time to include our family. But she is a dear, committed soul, that pants after the Lord, and craves to fill her life with good works, the result of her working out her own salvation. She knows, as I do, that good works cannot earn us a place in Heaven. She trusts fully on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in His death and shed blood for her eternal salvation. But she is wise, and understands that we also have the opportunity and responsibility to work out that salvation in ways that serve those that God has put in one’s path.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
Jean also convicts me about how one should pour out one’s life for the sweet Lord that saved us, and poured His life out for us.
Thank you, Jean, for helping me to remember:
Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
and my right is disregarded by my God”?
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
~ Isaiah 40:27 – 31