From Dark Chocolate to Jesus

ghirardelli-1 Sometimes, I get desperate. Many things have gone wrong in the past several weeks. Perhaps it’s because I can’t get Auschwitz out of my head. It could be that work and emails have piled up to unthinkable proportions.

Not really. It’s because I lost my focus on Jesus.

I came home and ate a piece of dark chocolate, Ghirardelli, no less! I took my time. I let it melt in my mouth, savoring the intense cacao and closing my eyes as it spread over my tongue.

Dark chocolate is good for your heart. Yet, it wasn’t my heart that needed settling.

A nice moment, but it didn’t get rid of my issues or my exhaustion. I gave myself a talk, and I remembered Matthew 11.

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Chocolate revs me up for a time, but I didn’t need energy. I needed rest … the rest that Jesus offers. His rest is for my soul.

Today, I wrestled with the busyness of business, and I was exhausted. I went here and there trying to fulfill the expectations of others – and myself. The burden was heavy.

Today, I was Martha scurrying around, busying myself with things that wouldn’t last. Yet, Jesus said that Martha’s sister, Mary, had chosen the better action. Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and hung on every word He spoke. She was learning from Jesus. Luke 10:39

Jesus asks me to take His burden and to learn from Him. The result, rest for my soul. Not frustration.

His burden is doing the will of God our Father, and when we are doing the will of our Father, He equips us and walks with us along the way.

My prayer

Great Teacher. Thank You for letting me get frustrated today to teach me a lesson … again. I run around and twist myself up into knots before I turn to You for the comfort, the rest, the peace that I truly need. Thank You for reminding me that Jesus is my rest, for He is gentle and humble. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Lord, I love you. I place my trust in You and rest in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

What Scriptures do you turn to when you are exhausted or frustrated?
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From weary to refreshed … Let Jesus shine on you

tired tomato

I am weary with my crying out;
my throat is parched.
My eyes grow dim
with waiting for my God. Psalm 69:3

This weary tomato plant produced many tomatoes during the summer, fall, and yes, it even produced a few tomatoes during the California winter, and now into March.

A Christian’s spring is filled with new life, new passion, and blossoms of new ministry opportunities or an expanded ministry.

Summer arrives with the Son shining on our ministries, the blossoms turn to fruit.

Fall arrives, and some of us continue to produce fruit, some more abundantly than others.

Then, the winter arrives, and we continue our ministries. Sometimes, we become weary. Our spirits feel dry. Fruit becomes sparse.

tired tomato 2Just like this tomato plant, we need to preserve the fruit, examine our walk, and cut out the dead acts, the dead branches.

I’ll be picking these tomatoes today and cutting the branches down to the soil. I’ll wait for the spring sun to bring new life to this tired tomato plant.

But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD.
At an acceptable time, O God,
in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness. Psalm 69:13

The waiting is so important. Just as the seasons are important to tomatoes, seasons in the life of Christians are important.

If you are in need, there is an acceptable time for God to bring new life and new fruit into your walk. There is an acceptable time for that miracle, that healing. What are you to do?

Pray, cut out the dead branches, and wait upon God.

My prayer for you

Father, the abundance of Your steadfast love refreshes our weary spirits. Our prayer is for Your Son to shine upon our lives and produce the fruit that You have prepared for us. Take us by our right hands and lead us from the winter into the spring. We wait upon You, O Lord.