1 Peter 5:10
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
I wish I’d had Internet access at the retreat so t hat I could have read this scripture on Friday night. It might have helped for the weekend.
Don’t get me wrong, I did love the retreat, it’s just that working it is very exhausting. All the volunteers did their share of suffering–the entire retreat team did–it is the nature of the beast. In order to provide a sanctuary to some, others must work.
I take comfort in knowing that God will restore me, will supply with the strength I need to carry on. One of my great problems is that I don’t know how to say yes to myself. There are times when I know I shouldn’t do things and others are able to convince me that I’ll feel better if I do them. I’m not talking about taking on more projects–I can actually say no to those (Oh, STOP laughing at me). But with my “me” time, sometimes people urge me to do things that they think will help me relax. And I tend to listen to them, hoping they will be right. In reality, I know what is right and it is often the opposite of what people recommend.
Really, I need to learn to listen to God and to my own still, small voice (which, duh, is likely God). He is probably trying to remind me that he is trying to restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish me.
My Facebook “message from God” application (you do know that God talks to you on FB don’t you?) today says,
On this day of your life, we believe God wants you to know … that you are a human being, not a human doing. Take time to just be, to breath slowly, to feel your body that is the temple of your soul. No activities, no worries, no buzzing.
Time to practice “being” and not “doing.”