Supper time at our house can be fairly crazy…and loud; last week was no different.
While cleaning up after the meal, Rudy and I had our backs turned to our children
sitting quietly playing loudly at the table. I turned around to find Lucas placing my glass into his smaller plastic cup; he had wedged them together! When he realized I had noticed what he had done, he immediately tried to pull them apart. Because I could envision his effort not ending well, I decided to help. However, when I asked Lucas to hand the glasses to me, he held them back from my reach, firmly pressed into his chest.
So often, I try to accomplish tasks in my own strength when the Lord longs for me to simply rely on
Him. God wants me to hand every challenge that I face over to Him and He will take care of it for me.
How will He take care of it for me? As I yield each challenge or task to Him, His grace enables
me to complete it.
And when I refuse His help?
The glass shatters.
So many things are represented by the shattered pieces on the floor: when I neglect to ask God for the grace to speak lovingly to my children in moments of frustration, I speak harshly to them instead; when I choose to serve in ministry in my own effort and strength, I become frazzled and burned out; and when I choose to wallow in my own self-pity instead of trusting in the Lord for deliverance, I miss out on opportunities to show compassion to others.
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:” 2 Corinthians 9:8
What about you? Are you like me—struggling to do it all in your own strength instead of yielding each task (great or small) to Him? Or maybe there is a specific verse the Lord used to encourage and challenge your heart in a similar area? I’d love to hear your thoughts!