Hanging on by a thread?

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest, (Matthew 11:28, NASB).

Do you feel like you’re hanging on by a thread?

Snow blankets the East coast this week and thoughts of my childhood “snow days” come rushing back.  I remember the “quiet” of the first snow, and the excitement of being home with my mom and my siblings as we bundled up, grabbed our sleds, and found the closest hill! Sledding, sipping hot chocolate, and sitting by the fireplace were some of my fondest memories of this time of year in Virginia.

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It doesn’t snow in our part of the south.

I love every picture I see on social media – the snowmen and snow angels make my heart smile!

My children experienced one “surprise” day-off of school when it was cold last year, because there was a “possibility” of the bridges freezing.  When their daddy called off school, they celebrated like there was no tomorrow!

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There is something special about a “free” day that is unplanned and unscheduled.  All of our “mamma hearts” take a deep breath and rest… no sporting events in the evening, no homework or school projects (unless they didn’t get done the night before!), no play practice, no dance… just play and rest.  Oh how I long for those days sometimes.

Until the novelty wears off and everyone is ready to go back!

Our bodies and our souls need rest – physical, emotional, and Spiritual.

From sporting events to student and adult leadership events, this past week was full.  We stayed in our warm beds, under the blankets, as long as we could last Sunday morning.  Then we got up, got ready, and went to church.

Our heart is restless until it rests in you. St. Augustine

For us, church is not “one more thing we do” on Sunday mornings. For one hour I sit beside my husband to worship, pray, and listen.  We connect with friends. We connect with each other.  And we connect with God.  Church is a place to go to become whole again.

It’s the place to go when you feel like you are hanging on by a thread…

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God’s messengers found Rahab in a dark place.  She saw hope in them and she found redemption.  She protected them when they were spying on the city and God saved her by way of a scarlet thread.

Behold, when we come into the land, you shall tie this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and you shall gather into your house your father and mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household, (Joshua 2:18 ESV). 

God found her in a dark place.
She saw hope in Him.
She found redemption in Him.
He saved her by way of the scarlet thread.

When we come to the end of ourselves, it feels as though we are hanging on by a thread.

God finds us.
We see hope in Him.
We find redemption in Him.
He saves us by way of the scarlet cross.

…and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross, (Colossians 1:20 ESV).

And then God does what only He can do…
He knits all of our threads together as one in the body of Christ.

Heavenly Father,
  I praise you for Your presence in every aspect of our lives. You know our bodies need rest, because on the seventh day You rested.  You find us. You give our hearts hope.  Your bring us back to Yourself and let our hearts rest.  Thank you for the rest You provide – physically, emotionally, and Spiritually.  May we shift our focus from self to Savior long enough to follow You and enjoy the peace we find in You. By way of the blood shed on the cross, You bring us all together as one, and for that I am grateful. 
In the precious name of Jesus I pray,
Amen

 

 

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