How many of you woke up today and thought enough already? Today is a new day and I am ready for a new beginning. You have been going through your life and day after day it seems to be the same rehashed story just a different day.
Have you ever seen the movie Groundhog Day? Bill Murray, the star of the show, wakes up and it is the same day over and over again. At first he is so down and out; he thinks I cannot live this day over again and refuses to get out of bed. It is just an unbearable situation.
Have you been there? Waking up to start a new day with a grumble, with an, “I cannot take another day like I had yesterday.”
Recently, in my life, I had those days over and over again. I wasn't refusing to get out of bed but it was really taking a toll on me. It was really beginning to take a toll on my family and friends because they had to listen to my grumbles. My heart and attitude to say the least was sour. If that was you, I am sorry.
I felt like my grumbles were legitimate. I am still not sure that they were not legitimate, that is not the point. My grumbles were being poured out to the wrong sources.
I am the type of person to wear my emotions on my sleeve. I feel so deeply, that I quickly get hurt. This hurt was driving deep down into my soul. I kept thinking today is a new day. I can brush off my feelings from yesterday and start over today. These feelings, however, didn't want to give up so easily.
I would try to wrap my brain around this, sometimes all day. It began to consume me until it was almost eating at every heart-string that I have.
Look back at the last few paragraphs, do you see yourself there? Do you hear yourself there? Now look carefully at how much I tried to figure this all out.
I would cry about this. I would talk about it to everyone that I thought could help me change it. I was putting all my greatest efforts at making my situation different.
As I looked back at all my efforts, they seemed to fade with each passing day. I would wake up the next day to do it all over again.
I was becoming so busy at laying it at others feet and well, they couldn't fix it. I certainly couldn't fix it. Now I realize God didn't want me to fix it.
Don’t get me wrong I was praying about this situation. I was asking God to fix it the way I wanted Him to and in my time. My prayers and thoughts were not entirely selfish, but I was praying that my will be done and not God’s. I was praying as if He is some sort of fix it my way and we can all move on, happily ever after, kind of God.
Until the moment, listen to this carefully, until the moment I prayed for Him to change me, and for Him to align me with His will, did He answer my prayers. I surrendered it to Him. Please read Lay Down All Your Heavy Burdens to get more insight on surrendering.
In Matthew 11:28 Jesus says, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Do you have those prayers? Are you praying regularly for God to fix the situation that you are in? Are you treating Him like some sort of genie God on your knees day and night trying to get Him to do what you are asking Him?
In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul, who became one of God’s greatest missionaries, tells us about a thorn that he has in his flesh. This was not an actual thorn. What he was saying was he had this affliction tormenting him so much and he pleaded three times for the Lord to take it away.
I felt like this was me. I was pleading with God. I was crying out to him. When He wasn't fixing it the way I wanted Him to. When He wasn't laying out the path I wanted Him to, I pleaded in torment.
My heart was breaking. I thought that since my heart was breaking for the things God wants our hearts to break for, like the injustice to his people, this was okay.
This is what Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that God said to him, this is what God tells me, and this is what He is telling you right now in the midst of your tormented days. Paul says, But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness,” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Seems simple? That’s the tough part. It means surrendering myself, taking up my cross daily (Luke 9:23), and living in alignment with the will of God.
Are you in what seems like an unbearable situation, in a state of personal torment?
God wants you to draw near to Him. He wants you to give it to Him. Look back at 2 Corinthians 12:9 He says, My grace is sufficient for you. It is enough for you. It is actually all you need. He also says His power is made perfect in your weakness.
Are you feeling weak? Are you feeling like you cannot do this again today? Give it up. Ask God to take your heavy burdens. Ask God to help you draw closer to Him and to live in alignment with His will. He will then show you His awesome power.
Please share this with a friend, you never know someone’s real heart or the personal struggles that they may be going through. And guess what, you can’t fix them anyway, but God can. May you extend to them that opportunity?
Please share in the comments below how God has made His power perfect in your weaknesses. You can also encourage us with comments about how He has lifted a heavy burden when you have surrendered.