I don’t know about for you, but this week in my house has been a challenging one. My oldest has a bad cold, my 6 month old is teething and my middle little girl is acting out because I’ve been so distracted with the two other ones. It’s so easy in times like these, when things are overwhelming and you just want a mental “break”, to zone out for a bit in front of a movie or Pinterest or FaceBook.
But today in the busyness with the kids, I felt the Lord challenging and asking me once again: Am I mentally and physically, all there for my family? Where am I running to renew my strength? A movie? Zoning out into pinterest? Texting a friend and tell them about my crazy day? Or am I running to the Lord for strength. Running to Him with the worries of the day and for peace when everything around me is chaotic. When all 3 little ones are crying for me at the same time, am I quick to become frustrated or quick to ask the Lord for patience and strength to handle it all? When I’m exhausted from not sleeping the night before, am I looking at the internet or a movie to be a “break” or am I looking to the Scriptures to renew my focus?
The world yells at us to have “me time” and pulls at us to spend that time doing things that aren’t going to truly fulfill or help us. Does that mean a movie, spending time on the internet or texting a friend are bad? No, not at all! But it is when we are looking to use those things to mentally check out. Or when we are stressed and overwhelmed and we’re running to those things first, instead of running to the Lord for strength and peace.
The Lord reminded me of Psalms 119:114 today,
Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in Thy word.
The Lord is our Hiding Place, our refuge, our strength and our shield to protect us. So when things are crazy around us, overwhelming situations coming up, and when we are weak; let us draw near to the Father and hide in His strength and love. Let us hope in His words and draw our focus back to Him.
“He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, 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 ” Isaiah 40:29-31