It is so beautiful to me, how the Lord always knows exactly when we need what we need even before we know. I am feeling exhausted this morning, and my to-do list for seems never ending. We have been doing a marathon of canning vegetables from our gardens. I woke up feeling tired, that is not good when you know there is so much that needs to be done and the time to accomplish the tasks is limited. I opened the Bible study I am doing to find out that today’s lesson was the start of the 23rd Psalm. I needed to again be reminded that the Lord is my Shepherd, my all in all. And I needed to be reminded of the rest, refreshment, and renewed strength that I can find in Him.
I love Matthew 11:28-30 in The Message,
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Last year we purchased a pressure canner for canning the low acid vegetables. I was leary of getting one because they scared me. But we went ahead, and I have learned to feel comfortable using it. We have been canning beans in the pressure canner. The canner has to build up a certain amount of pounds of pressure in order for it to work, in order to can the vegetables safely. I was thinking about that and sometimes it seems like I put myself in a pressure canner of my own making. I write out a long list of things that need to be done and feel pressured to accomplish them all.
My study this morning led me to the above verse in Matthew, it is exactly what I needed. It takes me out of the pressure canner. I need to learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I am realizing how intent I get in keeping my eyes on the end result of getting it all done. And in doing that I really miss the journey, the process, I miss really being present in life, I miss His presenvce with me.
Jesus didn’t rush from one thing to another in a hurried frenzy. He was calm and at peace in what He knew He had to do. I want to learn to live freely and lightly.
Today, I am going out to mow the lawn, not thinking about the remainder of things on my list, but I will choose to just enjoy God’s incredibly beautiful creation. Today, I will go pick up the few groceries I need and as I walk through the many aisles of available products, I will be thankful to the Lord for His amazing provision. Today, as I make minestrone soup, I will enjoy cutting up the vegetables, and thank the Lord for starting life in a garden, for the gift of vegetables that He enables us to grow in our garden, and for the many lessons He teaches me there. He is the giver of all good gifts. Today, as I do my cleaning, I will choose to be thankful for my home and the many things that God has given me to enjoy here. Today, when we do even more canning, I will rejoice that I have a husband to help me and how beautiful it is to work together on a project. I will be thankful for all of the vegetables as well as the ability to preserve them. They will keep for about a year after we can them. I will remember that my Keeper keeps me forever. Thank you, Lord!
I will remember His grace in all I do, and I will be present in the acts of all I have to do. I will be intentional about seeking His presence and peace rather than feeling overwhelmed in the pressure I put on myself.
Today, look for and live in His unforced rhythms of grace.He takes the pressure off.