Financial pressure ever get you down? Sometimes it feels like we take one step forward and three back. We makes great strides to set up a budget, have several good weeks of following it by never exceeding our spending limits, put money in savings, make extra-payments on loans. Then wham: car repair hits us, then we have to work extra to make up for time off for being sick, tired we don’t spend time budgeting or during fatigue we buy something we shouldn’t have. This gets us down and we want to forget it all, we wonder if that is always going to happen why is it worth the effort.
The other day a friend of mine was feeling down and defeated and I felt led to let her know, despite the present situation that she is in God’s hand. I was reminded of the image of the recent discovery of the smallest of all 23,000 species of reptiles, birds, and mammals. This picture shows the lizard on the top of a man’s fingernail. This reminded me how much I am like a child in Christ’s caring hand.
Then I thought of the large statue of Jesus in Rio de Janeiro, with outstretched arms over the city and was reminded not only are we small in His loving hands, but He is really big.
I then recalled the Bible verse about our hairs and sparrows: Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:6,7
Encouraged and lifted up by this, I knew He was speaking to me too in my fatigue: “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.” Matthew 11:28-30
He is telling us that he values us greatly and he provides rest and nothing else will. As I do His will as a faithful steward, I will still face financial difficulty, but my soul will be rested in Him. I can have courage to take up my yoke again, and not the old burdensome ones, and move forward and put my faith in Him for whatever outcome that may be. Lord help me to take the yoke that you have, not anyone else’s, and follow you faithfully everyday.