I've been wrestling with a sinus attack for the past week to ten days or so and it hasn't been pleasant. The medications have a sleepy effect and my job has added two hours of daily overtime into the mix. So pretty much, if I wasn't working or driving, I was asleep. During my morning break at work, I read my Bible; figuring it will be the only chance I'll get before the busyness of the evening rushes by. The last week has been such a blessing to me in spite of my not feeling all that great. The Lord showed Himself to me throughout First and Second Thessalonians. Just as Paul wrote encouragement to the Church in Thessalonica, the Lord encouraged me, tired and weak, to keep on doing that which I knew He wanted me to do. Instead of beating myself up for not getting stuff done (as I usually do) He allowed me peace to rest and take care of my body. I still did the basic things that needed to be done, but there was an underlying sense of "you are doing all I need you to do at this time" feeling. Each of my "What about....?'s " was answered with, "Rest, Child". I slept, woke rested and went on through each day being nourished by a quiet power I felt from within. I have 1 Thessalonians 1:11 and 12 highlighted in my Bible from an earlier devotion, but it rang true as my eyes went right to it.
For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
Sharon Mahoe writes this in her devotion in my Bible;
Encouragement has never filled a flat tire. Encouragement has never made a car payment, nor fixed a broken washing machine. But encouragement from another gives us strength to do what we feel we cannot do, hold on when we feel we cannot hold on, and try what we might not dare to try. Encouragement. Doesn't sound like much, but it's everything.
I didn't write a word during these last twelve days. But I was indeed encouraged by my friends in e-mails, phone calls and my Lord in His Word to me, His Child.
I'm resting in His Arms tonight!