You know, sometimes our lessons from God take a long time. Sometimes we have to wait and wait and pray and things are revealed over time and things grow and change in our lives. And sometimes they don't. Sometimes it's like.... flash, bang, sin revealed, and "aaaah, so this is why I've been praying for this and not receiving this blessing....."
So, with that in mind, I will share with you one of those moments. I had it this morning. It goes like this....Those of you with children, especially with many children know that the work is never done. Never. There is always, and I mean always laundry to either be thrown in the washer/dryer, folded or put away. Always. There is no reprieve from laundry. And the house is always a mess. There are always toys laying around. Groceries need to be gotten. Vacuuming. There's always something to do. Always. Constantly. Do you understand what I am saying? Can you relate? Can I get an amen? And, unfortunately, I have tended to use Sundays as my "catch-up" day. I'd do my grocery shopping (because I could leave most of the kids at home and shop in peace), lesson planning, baking occasionally, and all that after church and honestly, I'd go to bed exhausted. And I knew that wasn't right. Sunday was supposed to be a day of rest and here I was completely worn out on a Sunday night. But, I'd keep doing it and praying for energy and strength the rest of the week, reminding God of His promise from Isaiah - "Isaiah 40:31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." And then, this morning, I was praying again for energy and strength and I had just finished reading Oswald Chambers and it was like God just said to me, "I give you Sundays to 'renew your strength', to rest and you refuse my offer of strength and rest. You are disobedient (Exodus 20:8 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.) and you wonder why you are tired all the time. Repent. Get it together. Rest when I tell you to rest and then we can talk." So, I did. I repented. I'm working at just resting this afternoon. I'm not going grocery shopping. I need to. But, I'm not. I do have lesson planning to do, but I'm going to try to do it quickly (and my goal for next week will be to have it done before Sunday). Hubby and the kids are gone to a baseball game, so it's relatively quiet here. And I am thankful. For the convicting power of the Holy Spirit and God's Word. And for a day of rest.