[CF Devotionals] 2016-01-27 - Weary

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Since Friday at about 5:35 a.m., it’s been snowing where I live, due to a large storm that moved up from the Gulf area. We live in Virginia, and while there’s not really any consistent snowfall, I know that when a storm comes from the Gulf and we’re told to prepare, I take it very seriously. We have two small dogs and a deck area and small fenced yard section for them to roam about and do business. With warnings of this storm coming, since last weekend, I did some things off and on during the week, to prepare for not being able to have normal activity. One such item was moving the trash can from the back of the driveway area, to the little spot on a slab of concrete next to the side door of the garage, for easy access. Another was something that came to my mind the day before the storm, actually. I placed a tarp draped over the side of the deck fence, and pinned down on the ground like a tent, to keep a small area from getting snow dumped on it, and thus a place for the pups to do business. If it got bad enough, I would just skip it, but as long as it was possible, I would try to get them outside.

Fortunately it was a light snow, that continued to be something I could move with a broom, so the cardboard box pieces on the deck over to the doorway, were fairly easy to keep cleaned off. The yard below was a little harder, yet manageable, as long as I kept at it, at as the snow fell. There was some sleet for about an hour or so, at one point, which forced me to get out a shovel one time, but other than that, it’s been relatively feasible with the broom about a half a dozen times.

I have had times of being weary, both mentally and physically. My estimate inch-wise, for the storm to this point, is fifteen. We are to get a few more or so today as well, so my body is quite tired of this process of moving the snow out of the way. My husband has been doing the same thing in the front driveway, although his lack of need to actually drive anywhere has made it unnecessary to repeat the process quite as many times as of yet. I was born in PA, and while we didn’t always have blizzard -like conditions, I do recall having some large storms that would happen in short periods of time. And although at that point, I was not responsible for shoveling any snow, I do recall seeing my parents keep at it as it continued, and not wait until it was completely finished, to try and get the job done. Waiting with a large amount impending, would be much harder than doing the job in shifts. As an adult, I see the value and have followed their example; however, it certainly isn’t nearly so much fun as the riding on the sled down the hill, or the snowball fights or building snowmen. The work side makes it easier to grow weary. Yet knowing that someone is counting on you to make a way for moving about, has to remain the back of the mind, while working. If we just hang on a little longer, at some point, the snow will actually stop and then begin to melt too. Soon life will get back to some sort of normalcy, and the efforts made will ease that process just a little.

So it goes, with the race we are given to run in this life on Earth. It’s not easy, and at times we grow very weary along the way. Yet if we keep focused on what God needs us to do, ask for his help along the way, and keep plugging away - then soon we will be back with him, and things will become crystal clear. He promised he would take care of us, and he keeps his promises. I’m so grateful for his provision, to lift me up when I am weary, so I can finish the race he has set before me.

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9 KJV)

“My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.” (Psalm 119:28 KJV)

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7 KJV)

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, ….” (Hebrews 12:1 NIV)

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9 KJV

Deborah

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All scripture references from KJV (King James Version) unless otherwise noted


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