Sometimes we get knocked-down. Maybe life sucker punches us and we are out of the game for a few. It happens to all of us. Not a soul walking around is without burden. Not one. Look to your left and to your right. Yes, even them. You are not without company in your suffering, it's just that your suffering is different than theirs. This has been my week in the ring. This has been September. The month I loathe. The month I dig my feet in and keep a slight bend in the knees for. The month the somehow always gets me, regardless of my stance. But this time it's different.
Last week I fell. Down the stairs. I passed out first, then I fell down eight stairs onto the hardwood floors. My face took the brunt of it. Let me tell you why I'm grateful. I didn't break anything. I have a small fracture to a bone in my mouth and my teeth got a little jacked, but nothing that cannot be fixed. God is so good. His provisions are so mighty. I am grateful, so very grateful.
When I woke, my sweet, strong husband was at my side, panic and fear in his eyes. I was bleeding, but not broken. He held me, and gave me the sweetest gift he's ever given me- he prayed over me with authority, love, conviction, and faith. And for the past week, he's maintained this same posture as he's taken care of all of us. I am grateful, so very grateful.
Our schedules have come to a halt. The hurried evenings have been less hurried, the bustle of traffic has slowed, and our time is spent together instead. There's been less TV and more talk, except yesterday because let's face it- College Game Day! :) I'm grateful, so very grateful.
My friends are such a blessing. Proverbs 18:24 says, "One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother," and while I believe that friend is Jesus, here on earth He has blessed me with friends like brothers who have shown such compassion this week. I am grateful, so very grateful.
Because my time spent in His Word has been sporatic this week, I've been craving time with Him. This morning I got it and this is what He shared from what I'm reading:
Our identity as we were created is to be at ease, and I for one am all about claiming that identity. It's something to walk in, not something to strive for.- Wild and Free by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan.
Friends, that's what I'm claiming for all of you right now. Ease. The ease of being held in His presence as we walk out these burdens. He wants us to have ease, to feel His presence, to know His peace. I pray you are able. I pray ease for you. It's there. You'll find it in the gratitude.
Father God, I come to you broken, literally broken in my body. However weak my flesh may be, Lord, Your spirit is strong in me. I am eternally grateful for your mercy and the ease you bring over me during times of trial. Lord, I pray this ease over every person reading, over our families, our friends, and those we may not know. Your yoke is easy Lord, and Your burden light. Place that same ease on us, Father. In Jesus' name, Amen.