Do you ever have those days where you feel off-balance?
Are there times when you are weary by 9am and have no idea how you are going to survive, let alone productively make it through the rest of the day?
Do you feel as if you are teetering back & forth as responsibilities and demands wallop you from every angle, one after another after another?
Maybe today is that kind of day for you.
Are you attempting to juggle work, family, service projects and household chores in that ever delicate balance as you proceed to move forward and walk the high wire of life?
My friend, you are not alone in this.
I, too, am making my best attempt to be juggler and acrobat all at once. Many days I feel as I am nothing more that a fumbling fool who repeatedly hits herself in the head with the balls I try to juggle. I lean too far one way, only to over compensate by leaning too far back in the opposite direction.
Some days I can laugh it off. Other days I am fearful to even begin because I am scared of the outcome. Some days I get frustrated and I want to throw one of the balls I juggle as far away as I can. Occasionally, I feel like I just dangle from the wire crying out to an unending void, without hearing so much as an echo in response.
Even if we feel this way, the truth is we are not alone.
In 2 Thessalonians 2:15-17 (Message) it says, “So, friends, take a firm stand, feet on the ground and head high. Keep a tight grip on what you were taught, whether in personal conversation or by our letter. May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech.”
God provides us with unending help. Unending help! Can you believe it? It never ends, it lasts forever. That means no matter what God has seen us through in the past, He will not limit the help He will give us in the present or in the future.
God reaches out for you, and for me. He does not leave us dangling. He does not have His arms crossed waiting for us to make our way to Him, His arms are outstretched to steady us when we wobble.
God has unending confidence. We can draw near to Him so that we can become more confident.
Think of it the way a child draws from their parents’ confidence. When my daughter was registering for a new school she was very shaky and unsure about the whole process. As we stood outside the door of the school together, she looked at me and said “Mama, I don’t think I want to do this, let’s turn around and go home.” I stood there with her and confidently told her it would be alright and this was a good choice. I reassured her that I had registered for a new school before and that it would all be okay. Her next step was one with more confidence simply because she knew I was confident.
God will be confident for us. We may be unsure and shaky. We may stop in our tracks, look up to God and tell Him, “Lord, I don’t think I can do this. Let’s turn around and go back.”
Read through the promises at the end of the this passage again:
Put a fresh heart in you,
Invigorate your work,
Enliven your speech.
Those are wonderful promises. There are days when we need a refreshed heart. There are days where we need new energy in our work. There are times when we need our words to give life.
All of these blessings will be delivered to us through the Holy Trinity of God the Father, Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ. They will surprise us with these amazing gifts.
Thank You for the way You leave us in awe of Your goodness by supplying us the confidence that we need to make it through a day. Thank You in advance for putting a fresh heart in us today, for invigorating our work and enlivening our speech. Thank You for outstretching Your arms to us when we are weak or wobbly. May we find our feet firmly planted on the ground with chins held high.
In Jesus’ name, amen.