I feel like I’ve written this message a few times since the pandemic started, but the Lord put it on my heart to say again today that there is grace for you in this season, and that it’s important to let yourself walk in it. I was outside Starbucks a few weeks ago, and I saw two men screaming at each other. I have no idea what it was about, and I was concerned that it might escalate into something physical, but ultimately, one of them used an expletive and walked away. Honestly, I don’t ever recall seeing things like this on a regular basis, but it seems to happen all the time these days. People are overloaded and frustrated. I consider the mom who tries to be everything to everyone. She works, takes care of her husband and family, oversees her children’s remote schooling, and attempts to look perfect for Instagram. I get why she loses it sometimes. The truth is that no matter who or where we are in this season, it’s stressful, and God knows that. The Lord understands that this is a trying time, and He invites us to rest in His presence. However, in order to do that, we must make a concerted effort to filter out the noise and chaos (much of it caused by social media and the headlines), and streamline our focus so that Jesus remains the center of our vision.
My friend, the Lord is beckoning you back to His presence today. He understands how worn and weary your soul feels, and His arms are outstretched, inviting you to run to Him and simply rest. As you “shut off” the cacophony of noise and distraction that surround you in the kingdom of this world, His Kingdom welcomes you to a place where you can renew your strength and find new hope for your soul. Whatever you are facing, there is grace for you there. Even if you feel like you can’t take one more step, your Savior is waiting to help you. His power is perfected in your weakness, and He is whispering to your spirit that you do enough and you are enough. Be nourished by His unconditional love, and expect Him to renew your mind and comfort your heart as you keep your eyes fixed on Him.