Jesus, Our Example of Sustained Peace
Jesus dying on a cross in excruciating pain managed to show compassion. He had been scourged, humiliated, spat on, and made to carry a heavy cross until his strength was obliterated. He had nails put in His hands and feet and hung most likely naked. Even then He managed to have compassion towards the two criminals that were on both sides of Him.
Wow, I don’t know about you but that image reminded me of times I told myself, I couldn’t take it or I’d had enough for the day. The kids and husband had plucked all the nerves allowed for a day. But now face to face with this passage, my sin looked pathetic. We must call out the truth in ourselves when we see it.
Yes, we face rough days, but “man” does this passage challenge me to step up. Jesus who came down to earth in human form dealt with everything we have ... and even then, He didn’t sin. He didn’t let anything, or anyone cost Him His relationship with His Heavenly Father.
But how often do we do the exact opposite? It’s not easy ... and I’m not asking that we don’t validate difficulty and downright unbearable days, weeks, months, and sometimes years... But whatever we do, let’s not let it cost us our sweet communion with God. He is our lifeline!
The days of parenting and homeschooling are long, but it’s God’s grace that helps us be strong. Don’t let anything dissuade you from your power source. He has things He wants to reveal to you every day amidst the chaos and the solitude. Allow God to manifest Himself to you, through time in His Word and by being more aware of His presence in your daily tasks.
“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.”