Being a Christian woman today is so fun! Well, I mean, other than the tyranny from groups that stand completely opposed to everything the Bible teaches basically ruling all of the media and their attempts to shame us into agreeing with them. But now it’s easy to acquire really cute stuff with verses and encouraging Christian quotes on them! Everywhere I turn I suddenly see adorably hand-lettered wall hangings or script t-shirts with commonly known, uplifting verses. A new one (to me) is “Tell Your Mountain About Your God.” This got me thinkin’.
This is so relevant! Don’t we all have obstacles/burdens/trials/mountains that we battle daily? A first time mother with a baby who will not sleep. A work-outside-the-home wife and mother, trying to juggle it all. A homeschooling mother of six, attempting to keep everyone cared for, all the time. The wife who kissed her husband goodbye one morning and he never came home. The military wife who spends as much time with her husband as she does away from him *pssst, right here!* Mountains. Some appear to be small, insignificant speed bumps, but to the woman stuck on the ledge with without a harness, they’re frightening and isolating.
Isaiah 41:10 gives us the such words of encouragement, especially when we’re in those dark places, “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
That is what we (I) need to hear in the middle of it all! I will not fear! He is with me! He will strengthen me! Yet, how do I know this if I don’t turn to Him? Crying about it, isolating myself, or posting on social media for pity comments won’t “uphold” me. Seeking out my Creator and Father will.
I’m totally hearing Paul when he writes about proclaiming his own inadequacies to the Corinthians.
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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Christ spent those 40 days in the desert. He understands us and empathizes that we are mere humans, requiring His strength for survival. Without Him to lean on, my world would be miserable. I would drown in self pity. Instead, I get to see Jesus every day. Every day I see His provision for my family; I see my marriage grow, I see my children thrive, and I see opportunities to thank Him for his abundant love and security.