Sometimes our burden is very weighty. The hints from the previous chapter in The Organized Heart about some stages of life being difficult find a full chapter dedicated to it. The single mother. The chronically ill parent. Those facing severe trials that have completely disrupted all order. Those who have read through all of this and still cry out with agony of spirit. They feel the guilt when they say they cannot serve in this ministry, or the shame of being thought rebellious when illness has yet again prevented them from joining with believers. They have the mind-numbing exhaustion that makes tears come without warning.
He knows the times you feel burdened and overwhelmed. He knows when your desire to work is hindered by weakness and pain. He knows the length of your to-do list and the limits of your time, energy, and strength.
Eastin, Staci (2011-02-26). The Organized Heart (p. 79). Cruciform Press. Kindle Edition.
We are not going before a High Priest who has not suffered or is not touched by our suffering (Heb 4:15). He remembers our frame, knowing we are dust (Ps 103:14). At times, there may be reprieve from our suffering and then at times, there may not be:
Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.
(John 9:3 ESV)
In the end, we are to display the glory of God. Not in pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps and ignoring the suffering we are going through, plastering a smile on our face and acting as if nothing is wrong, but in prioritizing prayerfully, saying no to the extra, and asking for help from the body of Christ when we need it. It’s why we are members of the local body; to help, aid, encourage, support and spur on to love and good works for the glory of our Lord. When illness, life circumstances, pain, or loss draws tight our circle of what we can physically do, we can find practical help in our church family. Prayers, meals, help getting to the doctors, child care and financial helps are available and are an example of us loving one another. But it requires us to be more open than we sometimes want to be, humbling ourselves, asking for help and even exposing areas in our lives we want to keep hidden behind private doors.
Perhaps you find yourself in such a circumstance. If you are God’s child, you have not been abandoned even if it feels as such. Take encouragement and hold on to faith in this:
Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
GOD, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.
(Habakkuk 3:17-19 ESV)