To the gal saying, "I need a drink!"
I've been where you are, don't do it. Don't open that bottle of wine or order that beer with that mentality. The mentality that you need that alcoholic something to get you through whatever you're going through is a slippery slope to an overindulgent binge-culture. We live in a culture that is ashamed to need help or a shoulder to cry on. But it is much worse to need a substance that inebriates and inhibits us than to need a friend.
There is no shame in needing quiet time to rest and revive ourselves, but society says otherwise. Wanting to drink like this is your mind's way of saying, "please, slow down". It is your body's way of asking for some respite from the anxiety-inducing world we live in today. It your soul's way of begging for a rest from the neck-breaking speed you push it through. There is nothing wrong with needing to slow down. But we are mishearing what our body and soul is asking for. They are not asking for a drink, they are just asking for rest, and instead of admitting that we are tired, we try to disguise with more socially acceptable ways to "relax".
There is a time honored phrase and belief that God will never give us more than we can handle, but I don't think that necessarily true. I don't think God will ever give us more than we can handle without God's help, meaning, that on our own, it may be too much. Remember, we can do all through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). Not all things on our own. If things are feeling like too much for you, than instead of reaching for the bottle, reach out to God. The reason you feel so exhausted is because you are not allowing God to help you through what you are meant to need help with! God never planned for us to go through this alone, the plan was for God to remain by our side. Isaiah 43:2 reminds us that even when pass through rivers we will not be swept away and when we pass through fires we will not burn, because God is with us and protecting us as long as we ask God to be there.
Instead of denying your humanity and need for God this week with a drink, admit your fraility with grace and ask for help to walk through this upcoming week with great love and faith.
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What do you dream to be praised for in the future? Do you hope to be called "the best parent in the world" or maybe you want to see your name next a certain award or achievement? Or are you dreaming of the day you are called the best teacherdoctorlawyerCEOlibrarian ever?
Along with hoping to be a great mother, educator, and wife, I aspire to be like the Canaanite woman in the Gospel, and to one day hear the praise: "O woman, how great is your faith." How great is my faith; that piece of my soul that I have nurtured and cultivated for years on end, so that instead of doubting what God has promised and depending on myself, I turn to God with such great faith that God answers my plea with praise.
To cultivate great faith, I need several things. First, I need to find Jesus as the Canaanite woman did. She did not just happen upon Him, she was seeking Jesus so that He could come and help her daughter. It was not by pure chance that she was there, shouting to Jesus for help. She intentionally looked for and found "the Lord, Son of David". No different than the shepherds and kings at the Nativity, we are invited to come to God and to worship.
Secondly, I need to ask Jesus for help. I cannot just rely on God's omnipotence to provide me with the answers I need. Our relationship with God needs to be a conversation in which we ask God for the help we need. We ask not because God would not know otherwise, but because it is a testimony to our faith in God when we ask with confidence that what we seek, we will find as we have been taught in Matthew 7:7-8.
Finally, I must be persistent in my relationship with Jesus. There will be times when God will be silent and not answer, just as Jesus did not answer the woman as she called out to Him. There will also be times when the answer may be no, such as when Job cried out in anguish to God or when Jesus asked for God to take away the burden of His upcoming Crucifixion. Regardless of the answer though, I cannot let my faith falter and I cannot give up in my petitions and prayers to God. It is the woman's persistence and great faith that causes Jesus to stop and save her daughter, despite being sent only for the people of Israel.
We must persist in our faith, even when God is quiet. Even when prayers go unanswered. Only by continuing to practice our faith can we strengthen it; only by persevering in the face of frustration can we improve. When it becomes tough and we still continue, that is when our faith truly grows.