My friend, may I ask you a question? Can we find a similar spiritual peace in this life even when the events of life leave us empty, even emotionally used up? When we find ourselves without purpose, used up, is that the end, or does God have something else in mind?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Is there peace in emptiness? I mean, being filled up and strong seems to be the best time to experience peace and wellbeing. But, how about when we're empty, energy spent and body tired? Is there any peace when we're worn out and used up? I had the opportunity find that out just the other day. I had just finished raking over a foot of snow from the roof and then shoveling it from the decks where hundred of pounds of the wet stuff had plummeted. It's one of the most tedious jobs here at Beech Springs. It may have been only 10 degrees, but I was sweating and very, very tired and, well, used up. I leaned on the snow shovel handle and peered out over the barren, gray beech trees around me. Suddenly a sense of peace and wellbeing crept over me. It was the peace that comes when a job is finished and the results are what you were aiming for. The muscle ache didn't really seem to matter for the moment. What mattered was the fact that something good had been accomplished and I had emptied myself out in an effort to get that good done.
Can we find a similar spiritual peace in this life even when the events of life leave us empty, even emotionally used up? When we find ourselves without purpose, used up, is that the end, or does God have something else in mind?
Here's a story: A stub of a pencil lay on a table, feeling insignificant and sad. Beside him on the desk was a can filled with every kind of beautiful pen. "What a loser," they said, as they observed the pencil. The desk's owner was a soldier who was tasked to draw a critical map. The soldier looked at his dark wood desk and observed all the pens in the can. "I need something that would work whatever the conditions. The pencil." he thought as he picked up the battered yellow stub. "It will write no matter what, it's the best writing tool for making a map." He took the pencil and finished the map; a map that helped bring peace to the land. The pencil, now nothing more than a stub, lead broken and eraser gone, was discarded. Soon it stood before the great Pencil Maker waiting for him to say those five words. "Well done, my faithful pencil." the Pencil Maker said, and added, "You've written what you were meant to write in the world." (Author Unknown)
Our day-to-day lives are filled with labor. There's just no getting around it. The Bible tells us, that through the turmoil and day-to-day sorrows "The peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7). Pick out one or two circumstances in life that you tend to worry about. Then apply this verse now by first, putting an end to worry, and, second, letting the Lord know about your needs and trusting Him to care for you. Life hurts sometimes. Take a break, lean on the shovel and marvel at how God uses you. Each day He uses you and me up a little bit more. That's OK. In the end it's better to meet Him empty of purpose than filled with empty promises.
We pray: Heavenly Father. "Lord, grant me tenacious winsome courage as I go through this day. When I am tempted to give up, help me to keep going. Remind me of my worth to you no matter how small or insignificant. You used humble people to do your will. Keep me in that spirit. Grant me a cheerful spirit when things don't go my way. And give me courage to do whatever needs to be done. In Jesus' name, Amen." As your Jesus I make this promise. Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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