Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman keeps awake in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.
Rush, Rush, Rush, Hurry, Hurry, Hurry
scampering from here to there, doing this and that,
and for what? For What?
I was doing that this morning, getting reading for some time away at the beach. But I was miserable preparing for some peaceful rest and quiet. I remembered this passage of Scripture about how it is vain to rush around, when God gives to His children even in their sleep. I was pursuing a peace of my own making, when I could just settle down here, and wait before Him to bring this peace that eludes me. I was rushing around getting my house in order, barking out orders to the ones I love and treasure, so that I had them rushing around too. Not only had I deprived myself of peace, I had deprived them as well. I will seek the Lord’s peace only this moment, and I will ask the forgiveness of those whose peace I disturbed. Yes, I have things to do, but…I can do it in peace. King Jesus, I never saw you rushing around like a crazy person, could You please teach me how you did this? You changed the world in such a short lifetime. I know You are God, and I am mere woman: but I am Your woman, filled with Your Spirit. I want to be like You in every way I can. I want to be Your child of purpose. I love how Your Word teaches me:
Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Phil. 2:1-8)
Yeah, that’s it Jesus! Make me like that. Make me like You Precious Jesus, make me more and more like You. I am a women in need of Your Extreme Makeover. Let’s do this. Amen!