October 9, 2013

On Rough Mornings and Finding God

It was a rough, hard-to-wake-up, slow-moving morning.  I hadn't slept very well and wasn't feeling the best... girl stuff, if you can relate.  There were sandwiches to make but no bread to make them with, the coffee wasn't strong enough, the Naproxen I took wasn't kicking in fast enough, and my girl had to be at school early which meant I needed to change into something more presentable than the shortie pajamas and red, fuzzy robe I was wearing in order to drive her there.

I love when our mornings run smoothly... smooth like the butter I spread on my toast.  Where everyone wakes up on time with time to spare before we rush out the door.  Where we eat a hot-cooked breakfast and linger at the kitchen table and laugh and read a devotion and pray together.  And though our mornings look like that on some days, that's not a reality most days, and that's okay.  I know better than to expect more from this life and world than it can offer.  Even with the greatest intentions and best-laid plans, life still happens and some mornings are just rough.

Gratefully though, we don't have to get stuck in rough mornings and cramps and the fact that there's no bread to make sandwiches with.  We have Jesus to fall back on, to draw our very life and breath from because when we are weak, he is strong.  He knows our every move and every detail of our lives.  He knows when we're not feeling well and when we're tired and moving slow and he wants nothing more than to come through for us.  No need is too small or too great that he can't meet it.  He is gracious and loving and merciful and he will strengthen and refresh us as we lean into him.

"My grace is enough; it’s all you need.  My strength comes into its own in your weakness.  Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift.  It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness.  Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks.  I just let Christ take over!  And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become."  ~2 Corinthians 12:9

I came across this scripture from 2 Corinthians several times that morning in various different places and within a matter of minutes.  It warmed my heart and made me smile.  I knew, of course, that it wasn't a coincidence.  God was speaking... into my rough morning, into my weakness... inviting me to rest and let him be all that I need.

He invites you, too.

"But God's not finished.  He's waiting around to be gracious to you.  He's gathering strength to show mercy to you.  God takes the time to do everything right - everything.  
Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones."  
~ Isaiah 30:18

"Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so,
little ones to him belong, they are weak, but he is strong..."
~ from the hymn "Jesus Loves Me"

"I'll refresh tired bodies.  I'll restore tired souls."
~ Jeremiah 31:25



  1. I read this last night, but I needed this reminder today. Thank you.

    1. You're so very welcome, Hannah. I'm happy my words encouraged you. I needed the reminder too! (smile) Blessings...


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