It has been a crazy couple weeks. Moving out of my old one bedroom apartment and into the basement of a family friend (awesome of them to offer & let me stay there). Plus moving my office stuff into a minister’s office (graciously loaned to me for free for the next few months). Plus getting ready for the Oasis planning session. Plus getting ready for the UACA planning session.
This has all been done with a view of helping get my upcoming marriage off to a better financial start in the midst of a shaky economy and as a way to effectively serve the Lord and His flock this upcoming year.
Needless to say, I have been keeping late hours, starting around 7:30 or 8:00am and going until around 1:30 or 2:30am. This has taken a bit of a toll on my body. It has also taken a toll on my soul. The first became apparent when I “shut down” for about 30 minutes this afternoon and rolled into an hour long nap. The latter became apparent when reading my Bible (on the toilet in order to multitask…tmi, I know) in consideration of something biblical and inspirational to say tonight during the planning session. While reading 1 Peter 5:1-7, the Lord spoke to me using verses 6 & 7:
“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (NLT).
The context of the verses is willingly serving and caring for the flock that God has entrusted to you, not for glory from men but from Jesus in the day of His return. In the midst of this serving we have to remember to put ourselves under the mighty power of God. Realizing that the real effectiveness, strength, and power to care for His people comes from Him. That if we are putting ourselves under Him and giving Him our cares & worries that come from trying to serve & care for His flock that He has entrusted to us, He will meet those needs. He truly cares for those who care for Him and His people.