By Lisa Karon Richardson
I’ve gotta be honest. I was not in the mood to write about faith. I’m feeling stressed out and tapped out, overwhelmed and under-inspired. I was pretty sure I didn’t have anything to offer to this group of readers that I admire and value so much. I was willing to bet that you all had your acts together a lot better than me. In short, I whined a great deal. Finally, God whacked me upside the head with the reminder that it’s not all about me. Then he graciously led me to some scriptures that refreshed me as I hope they will you.
Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle forever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
It’s encouraging to know that I am not alone in feeling overwhelmed at times. Even the poet-warrior-king felt that way at times. I love the image of God as a mother hen. I want to be that little chick taking shelter below His wing. The storm may be raging, but I am secure tucked in where I can not just hear, but feel His heartbeat.
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
I know that in that scripture “wait” means to tarry. I’ve been reminding myself that I want His perfect timing because I know it will be better in the long run. Waiting can be a good thing, even if I long for something now.
I love our language because in English “wait” can also mean to serve. Like a waiter waiting at a restaurant. And I think there’s something to be learned from that interpretation too. If I seek first to serve the Lord, to do what He has called me to do, then He has a vested interest in seeing me succeed. He will help me climb higher and go further.
2 Corinthians 12:9
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
If I don’t have it all together, well… maybe that’s just where God wants me. I would rather be aware of my neediness than to think that because I’ve got my life so “under control” that I have no need of a savior.
I desperately need the Lord, but He is more than enough to meet my need.
Anyone else feeling stretched too thin? Can we help you pray for something?
Influenced by books like The Secret Garden and The Little Princess, Lisa Karon Richardson’s early books were heavy on boarding schools and creepy houses. Now that she’s (mostly) all grown-up she still loves a healthy dash of adventure and excitement in any story she creates, even her real-life story. She’s been a missionary to the Seychelles and Gabon and now that she and her husband are back in America, they are tackling a brand new adventure, starting a daughter-work church in a new city. Her first novella, Impressed by Love, part of the Colonial Courtships collection, is coming in May, 2012.