Rubber bands. Slime. Thanksgiving pants. Winter sweaters. A mother’s patience. A Phone cord. Spandex. Muscles before a run.
All of these are things that are SUPPOSED to stretch. Some of these things are useful, like
those Thanksgiving Pants, and others are just for fun! Yet, no matter the purpose they are all intended to be stretchy in order to get the full effect! Let’s look at the rubber band. If a rubber band wasn’t stretchy, would it work to its full potential? What about those spandex? Come on, Ladies?! You know you want that to stretch!! Sure it’s funny, but let’s be serious! When your toddler is throwing a tantrum, or your teenager is “catching a ‘tude” that patience may stretch us a little thin! Sometimes, although I’m not a mother or a rubber band ready to snap, I feel like I’ve stretched myself out way too thin! I’m not going to sugar coat it….. BEING IN MINISTRY IS HARD!!! Being a leader, a house-wife, a hard working employee, a loyal friend and a role model for my girls can seem like I’m climbing Mt. Everest some days! Even after taking a vacation, it’s like being punished in the “olden days” with my arms and legs tied to 4 different horses! Don’t get me wrong…. I wouldn’t trade the calling God gave me in a million years! I love doing the things that I do! I love the accomplishment of a clean smelling home, testimonies I hear from my girls, and I’m sure as the sky is blue that I adore spending as much time as possible serving God in ways that only He could allow me to do! I feel like I’ve made this rant before, but I surely can’t be the only one going through the tug of war of life! Life can be hard, and, as most people my age would say, “ADULTING STINKS!” Lord knows I’m just starting to get used to it! After dipping my toes in the water, some days I feel like I’ve fallen in and can’t find my way to the top! No matter how much I try, I realize that there is no way I can get back to the surface by myself. I need assistance! I’ve learned over the last several months, that I am one of the lucky ones. I have people! My husband… even though sometimes I shut him down, he’s there with his hand out trying his hardest to reach me! My sister is always there for me! My Mother-in-Love prays for me (I can feel it every single day)! I have ample amounts of family, friends and coworkers all around me who support me, and most importantly, a FATHER who cares for me! That Father isn’t going to let me drown! If there is anything that I could promise to any stranger, it’s that fact.
God isn’t going to let you down. You’re not alone, even if no one else seems to see your heart, God does! My prayer for you when you’re stressed, just like me, is that God strengthens your heart. That even in the ‘stretchiest’ and thin places, you have the knowledge, that He won’t let you snap.
“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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10