Daily life can be hard. Aging can make it harder, as can illness. We scramble to make ends meet, and all to often we try to carry on on our own. But this is a foolish approach. My wife Dianne discovered that early in the final stages of her cancer. She was not Super Girl or Wonder Woman, at least not in strength and endurance. It was at that moment of revelation and realisation* that she turned to the scripture, 2 Corinthians 4: 16 “So we do not give up. Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new every day.”
It was plain to her, and should be to us, that even when we are physically strained, our spirits are lifted by He who made us. He provides us with a renewal each and every day, this is through not only a good night of contented sleep, but through enlivening our souls with His promises, and with fellowship with our brothers and sisters. Through prayer, time with the Word, and in our contact with those who love us in unity we are renewed.
How obvious is that, when we reflect on Jesus’ own words!
Matthew 11:28-30 tells us, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Are we laying our burdens before God? Or are we so ego driven that we forget the simple promise? No man is an island it is said, but there is a Rock on which we can take refuge.
To do it alone I can but strive
But I grow more weary if in this way I strive
There is a promise to which I must hold
He will comfort give me, and lighten my load
We trust in our own strength
Just a bit too much
Our pride will betray us
If we cling to such
So let us lay our burdens down
And be renewed as we walk our way
His promises fulfilled
Day by day
*Dianne’s journal 9 June 2019