Thursday, February 10, 2011

Rough Day

Hi all!  Enjoyed the sun shining today, but it is cold. Springtime sounds better and better each day.  

Pat's morning was rough with fatigue and body aches, but he was much better by lunch.  After seeing him feel so good for a couple of weeks, it is hard to see him this way.  He describes it as "hitting a wall" and he is so tired he can hardly do anything but sleep.  I am reminded that although the chemo is working, it does take a toll on him.   Frustration also comes because his mind is ready to move, but his body won't cooperate.  These are the days that we have to lean into Jesus.  As I type this, I am reminded of the devotional I read out loud to Pat on Monday morning. Jesus wanted me to hear it again. Remember, we didn't have a radio so I thought it would be good idea that morning to read it aloud.

"Come to Me for rest and refreshment. The journey has been too much for you and you are bone weary.  Do not be ashamed of your exhaustion.  Instead, see it as an opportunity for Me to take charge of your life.   Remember that I can fit everything into a pattern for good, including the things you wish were different. Start with where you are at this point in time  and space, accepting that this is where I intend you to be. You will get through today one step, one moment at a time.  Your main responsibility is to remain attentive to Me, letting Me guide you through the many choices along your pathway.    This sounds like an easy assignment, but it is not.  Your desire to live in my Presence goes against the grain of "the world, the flesh and the devil".  Much of your weariness results from your constant battle against these opponents. However, you are on the path of my choosing, so do not give up. "  Ephesians 2:6; Matthew 14:28-32.

Reading this again today spoke volumes to me.  We are where we intends for us to be.  Today, I don't like it and that is okay.  I have prayed today "I need your strength, Lord.  I need your presence and your touch. I am leaning into you".

Maybe that devotional spoke to you.  God has a way of giving us a word that is for someone else rather than ourselves.  Well, that word was for Pat on Monday and for me today, but I will share it if you need it too!

Until tomorrow!
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