When I have an inspiration like I did last night when I wrote about the Impossible Dream it kind of gives me pause, I want to stop and read it again, which I have done about three times today. There are times that I write and when I read it to proof the spelling or grammar, which I am sure you have noticed I don’t always get exactly right, I am sometimes amazed that it doesn’t sound like me at all. I think that is what being a vessel is all about isn’t it? You can use the same pot to make coffee, tea, hot chocolate and the same water in that pot, it just depends on the ingredients you put into that pot and that water that makes the difference.
There are times that I am completely morose and will sit down to write and the words that come are words of encouragement to me first and foremost! I have had people write and tell me that I have “read their mind” or that what was written was straight to them as if I knew what they needed. That’s when I know that God has used this broken vessel to pour a healing balm over a wounded spirit or say something that cheers you up when you are sad.
There are some of you that have gotten close to me by writing often and sharing, I appreciate that. Tonight I felt the anxiety and angst from someone who I have become associated with through this devotion and found out that there is a physical problem that needs prayer, I love it when that happens, it makes me know that I am still able to be used, old and worn as I feel sometimes (remembering the cornbread pan here).
So let me speak to you personally for a moment. The month of December brings you so much anxiety because you feel the pressure of providing things for people… OK I started to say something and stopped I’ll just put it out there… You feel the pressure to provide gifts, entertainment, finances, a place to lodge, food and service to ungrateful people. If that makes you say ouch then you are one of the guilty ungrateful, if you understood but don’t want anyone to know about it then it is to you I am speaking. Where is it written that you absolutely have to do anything? My daughter and my sister have both taken turns squeezing my cheeks together until my mouth is in a circle because they are showing me how to mouth the word NO. So I am telling you something that I have a problem with myself, but I am learning and I encourage you to do the same.
God gave you a Temple, it is your body, and when you don’t take care of it then it is a sin. I have mentioned this before in the light of people who indulge in things that are bad for the body from taking smoke into your lungs, too much alcohol into your system, taking drugs for any reason except that you are sick, but really the sin we are all most guilty of is not getting enough rest, of “biting off more than you can chew”, of carrying others burdens along with our own instead of “casting all your care on Him because he cares for you!” 1 Peter 5:7
There is a scripture that will help you if you will take it to heart and I have quoted it to my own mother time after time because, woman of faith she has always been, she continues to worry about things that she can’t do anything about…Matthew 6:34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
So my dear, who ever you are, God knows the problem and He is big enough to handle it properly! No worries! 🙂