I am in the middle of a busy week. Like a really big week. The kind of week that if you aren’t organized with food, childcare and clean clothes, your kids will be starving, naked and alone and you won’t know which direction you’re supposed to be headed!
We don’t live like this all the time, but there are some moments in life that are more like “sprints”. We run hard and fast for a short amount of time, then the whole family gasps wildly at the finish line to catch our breath.
It’s in these times that my anxiety can get the best of me. I can get overwhelmed and question whether we should be doing what we are doing. Did we pack our schedule too full? Will the kids forgive us for this kind of push? Will they grow up to hate being “pastor’s kids”?
But like I said, we don’t live like this all the time and when we do, we have heard from God on it. Clearly.
There is a story in the Bible of a leader who had to rally his people to work together to rebuild the wall that surrounded their city.
Without this wall they were completely open to attack and they could have all been killed.
For fifty two days, they lived one of those “sprint” moments, where it was all hands on deck to get this massive job done.
There was great opposition, and their enemies made fun of them saying they could never complete the task that was too big for their insignificant numbers.
But guess what? The Lord of Heaven’s Armies HIMSELF helped them to get the job done miraculously, giving them the strength, courage and favour they needed!
There is an incredible verse in the midst of this story of Nehemiah that speaks to my heart during “sprint” times like these.
Nehemiah’s enemies were plotting to harm him and stop the rebuilding of the wall.
This was his audacious statement:
“I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?” (Nehemiah 6:3)
There are so many things that try to pull me to come down to a level of discouragement and negativity when I am in the middle of a great work!
But why should the Lord’s great work he has commissioned me to do, be put on hold because of the enemies tactic to distract me from?
May the lies of the enemy be silenced and the tactics that aim to pull us off course be seen for what they are – schemes to disrupt the great work God has for you – and may you BOLDLY be an example to those around you in not giving up soon what the Lord has called you to do!
This sign sits in our kitchen and reminds us to be radical for the Lord!