There’s nothing like a hearty measure of pressure to bring out my bad side. As the pressure increased, so did my impatience and irritation. I’m thankful that I was able to identify the source and realize the target–it stopped me in my tracks, but still, tracks were made. I had apologies to make. Then I sat in a room to gather my thoughts for twenty minutes. (And I might have cried.)
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. Romans 5:3 NLT.
Sometimes life’s demands leave me feeling empty, wondering if I will be replenished.
How can I run on empty?
I took the afternoon off to refuel–sitting under a walnut tree on a picnic blanket to eat lunch with my kids. The cool temps and the clear blue sky hinted at fall.
I can’t always stop the earth’s spin to take a picnic break, and so I thought on what I need to do to prepare for the next leg of the race.
1 The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
2 Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.
3 They speak without a sound or word;
their voice is never heard.
4 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world.
God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.
5 It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.
It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race.
6 The sun rises at one end of the heavens
and follows its course to the other end.
Nothing can hide from its heat. Psalm 19:1-6 NLT
My words and actions declare a message too. This is a recurring refrain for me.
14 May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 NLT
Dear Jesus, I think I’m going to be sticking as close to you as I can this year. Let me rejoice as I run. Thank you for grace.