It’s really easy to get caught up in a routine and then sense I’m not accomplishing anything; or get caught up in what I think I oughta do, and then feel guilty when I don’t do it, or get it done.
I’ve been spending some dedicated time just praying in tongues, giving space and time to the Spirit of God to strengthen me, and also to pray out His plan for me, and create in me ever-increasing insight into this plan. If I’m a member of His body, like my little toe is a member of my body, I wanna make sure I’d doin’ the little toe stuff and not trying to be an appendix :).
As I was praying like this early the other morning, up outta my heart I heard that He wanted me to pray for such and such a person and that this was an “assignment”. Later, I was impressed to look at MATTHEW 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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.” NIV.
I go back here often, but really like it in the MESSAGE Bible … “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
God saying in my heart … this was an “assignment”, got me to re-thinking about assignments; that maybe there were things I’d gotten so used to doing that I assumed were still part of God’s plan; or that there were things I’d added on that I assumed were His assignments for me.
I’m saying, “It’s good to get away with You and recover my life. It’s good to have You help me see that what was once for a season is not necessarily for me now. It’s good to see that You really mean, “take a real rest”; to walk with You and work with You – watch how You do it, so I don’t get caught up in rote doing and not producing anything of value. You’re always fresh; in the moment; unforced and perfectly at rest. I’m asking for Mercy and Greater Grace to keep in constant company with You. And I wanna thank You for answering all my requests for more Mercy and more Grace. The more I lean on and acknowledge Mercy and Grace, the more I’m growing. Thank You. I take all this. I have it, and I WILL to forgive and love as You’ve forgiven and love me … so Mercifully. All in Jesus name. “