Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
(Image courtesy of Schonfeld Photography)
Do you ever have days where you forget to pray, days when you probably need to pray the most? Pray that you can find one extra ounce of energy to stay awake at the wheel of life? Those days seem to just drag on, and on, and on…you get the picture. Today has been one of those days for me.
I found myself ready to get up and go first thing in the morning. I took our dog around a local lake for a quick workout while my husband loaded the four kiddos in the car and dropped Gracie off at school. I was excited to get out in the fresh, brisk Colorado air and just breathe. About halfway around the lake, however, I hit a wall and looking ahead at what I had left to jog felt like I was looking into eternity! “You can do it Noell, not much farther!” I kept telling myself.
Fast forward to the rest of the day…doing laundry just to avoid playing with my babes, perusing the internet as a way to zone out. At one point Jeannie, who just got her cast off of her leg, falls with a huge thud from the kitchen chair. Oh crap!! What a “wake up call”! What the heck am I doing?! Thoughts of rushing her to the hospital with another fracture, run through my mind. What would I say when asked what happened? “Oh, well I was staring at the computer instead of watching my little girl, no biggie,” yeah right!
The rest of the day was an emotional roller coaster. One minute I found the motivation to rough-house and give piggyback rides, the next minute I’m pulling my hair out because all four kids are screaming. When will the day end?! Normally I would try to take a deep breath and ask God for mercy but today I completely forgot…and you know what? God gave me mercy anyway! He was still there with me encouraging me throughout the screaming, the spaghetti dinner on the floor, the kids fighting and talking back to their mama. He was still there giving me the strength to get through the day. I made it and only because of Christ carrying me through it all! Hallelujah!
And it all starts again tomorrow!