Have you ever been at the end of your rope? You know the old adage, “when you get to the end of your rope tie a knot in it and HANG ON!” That never works for me. I always need more than a knot, more than just hanging on. I require a genuine rescue. Today I had one of those occasions that required a rescue operation.
Many people today, I’m hearing, have family situations where the children are not speaking to their parents, or the parents are getting a divorce, or the adult children are divorcing – families splitting and people choosing sides; or trying not to choose sides and then feeling like a ping-pong ball being used by one side and then another. It’s a mess! That’s my situation and today more accusations were hurled at me like mud being slung in a political race.
God always knows the opportune moment to intervene in my situations and, if He has not yet intervened in your situation, I’m here to give you hope – to help you “hang on” and not give up – because HE IS THERE, actually He is here.
As I considered my options today; whether to respond or not, and if I did what would I say – saying anything would only stoke the fire of the other person and cause me anxiety, pressure, sadness and all those things that come with difficulty. So, I decided to focus on my work.
I pulled up my monthly calendar that helps me to, as my boss has taught us, “plan my month, organize my week and execute my day.” I have taken that concept and developed my own calendar adding a monthly goal and a Bible verse to support that goal. Immediately I saw my goal and my verse jump out at me like it was surrounded with neon lights – THERE HE WAS – right there in the middle of my plan, organize, execute calendar reminding me that my goal is REST and my verse in support of that goal is from Psalm 37:7-8: Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret — it leads only to evil.
I said a quick pray of thanksgiving and then decided to work on my devotion verse for the next morning – we do that before we begin our day – I work for a Christian organization. So, I turned to the selected verse – Isaiah 40:31 – Yep! The WAIT verse — But those who wait on 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.
So the Lord told me today to rest and then to wait. I have not solved my issue and I don’t think I need to because I am planning on being obedient to His Word and His Holy Spirit. I’ll be praying that you too can “rest” and “wait. . .” on Him!