I can feel the burden of ministry and a responsibility to serve. Yet ‘He says, “I removed the burden from their shoulders, their hands were set free from the basket.’ (Psalm 81:6) It is the Lord I serve. If He removes the burden and asks me to walk away from something then why stubbornly refuse? If He wants to have it then so be it. His people, His work and I myself are all in His good hands.
Real situations make this bite – After months of working on the www.beingrecreated.org website to give it a face lift, I was unable to put it on line. In my attempts I wrecked what was already there. I was frustrated that people would find a mess. Yet it is God’s site and He knows. When He called on me to walk away from it, I had to stop and learn to be at peace in the presence of an irritating mess.
The crisis tests my heart as the Lord tested Israel: ‘I tested you at the waters of Meribah.’ (Psalm 81:7) So, why am I working on the site? Is it for God, or the satisfaction of being useful? When I allow myself to ask the question, the Lord responds, ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.’ (Psalm 81:10) The Lord is my provision; He is the one who brings satisfaction. When I have found satisfaction from Him in the presence of this irritation He reveals the solution and allows it on line.