Monday, November 20, 2006

My "get-up-and-go" is GONE!

Ever felt like this? The last few weeks (if I'm honest, maybe the last few months) my energy level has been severely depleted. I wander through my day wondering where it went and how I can get it back.

My blog surfing has energized my will to, at least, pretend it is returning. This post topped it off, however, getting to what may the root cause of my slump. For today, I will spend some time in His Word to rediscover the "clue" I am longing to rediscover. Tell me if you aren't reenergized after reading Victoria's post!?!?!

I have been reading posts about One Thousand Gifts this week as well. How can one stay flat when focusing on the many gifts we each have that we too often take for granted! One gift that I have been hiding in my heart for the past three weeks is my son's employment. I'm not sure why I didn't post immediately upon hearing his voice telling us he was HIRED; perhaps I didn't want to "jinx" this gift, perhaps I simply wanted to hold this long-awaited news, privately, near to my soul. Nonetheless, today I am thankful for my son's employment. He is working at an Arby's in Orlando, full-time, with benefits. This may not seem like any big deal to many others but let me give you the short list:
  • He has secured this job on his own
  • He is setting his alarm each day and getting to work on time
  • He is making new friends who are also gainfully employed
  • He has the opportunity to feel the independence he has so longed to feel
  • Just having a job, any job, allows him to connect with his very supportive extended family--a phone call here....a phone call there...just to discuss average adult happenings. These are baby steps worth celebrating.

My blogging friends, we have much to be thankful for. Even when our spirit is not soaring, it is in the small things that our arms are supported and we can continue our praise! The small things are essential, the small things are huge; battles have been won with the support of just a few small things. Just go to Exodus 17:8-15; specifically verse 12:

"When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up--one on one side, one on the other--so that his hands remained steady till sunset."

How many life-lessons can you find in this verse?

  • The victory depends on allowing others into our struggle
  • The victory is not dependant solely on one
  • You will tire during a battle
  • Even when you have to sit down during a battle, our God provides support

I am thankful for my Aaron and Hur--all of them--that have intentionally come along side my battle and provided support. I am thankful that even when my get-up-and-go is gone and I have to sit down during the battle, that God uses others to soothe my aching heart.

How my heart has already been transformed from just this knowledge! Having discovered just this one clue I have regained the energy, with the support of those I allow into my struggle, to lift my hands to the Throne of the Lord (Exodus 17:15), and wait on Him as He wages the battle with me. While my get-up-and-go may wax and wane, His strength never fails!


Anonymous said...

Hi Diane! I thank God alongside you about your son's employment. This is truely a gift and blessing to treasure. And I love the picture of Aaron and Hur helping Moses. This is the encouragement that *I* needed today. Blessings to you, my friend, and thank you so much.

In Him,

Dawn said...

You have been Aaron to me these past few months since we have "met." I can't believe we even used the same terminology about our get-up-and-go! Thanks for the encouragement, and thanks for the thoughts today. I went over to Victoria - what wonderful thoughts!

It's amazing how much better I felt after going to the gym on Saturday - my sprained ankle and injured back kept me out for awhile, and it's hard to get back into the routine. The thought of the dust flying off your treadmill made me smile! I like to read while I'm exercising, so it's not so painful, and kills two birds with one stone.

I'm glad you posted about Curt's job. Have a blessed week! Hope your Thanksgiving is full of thanksgiving!

Deanna said...

This reminds me of a study I did on the names of God, particularly The Lord our banner. In battle the banner was very significant on several levels. As long as they could see the banner flying they knew they were still in the fight. As long as they could see the banner it was a central rally point to regroup and regain much more, too much to put in your comments but take heart... the Lord IS YOUR BANNER, your rally point and as long as you lean on Him you will have strength to remain in the fight!!

C. H. Green said...

Great post. I've been so weary the last few days with my neice's wedding -- haven't posted about it, haven't had time -- and Chase's birthday being the same day. And then to come back from the weekend with a pile of work. I'm just now able to breathe. But so grateful for this "gift" called work. Glad your son has gotten a new job!

Barb said...

Believe me, I know the joy of gainful employment when you've been without it for a while. I'm very happy for your son - what a great step forward for him.

My get up and go tries to disappear from time to time but I keep searching until I find it again. Some days it would be easy to just stay under the covers. I always feel better when I just get up and face it.

What an encouragement this post is.

Erna said...

Great things to be thankful about. :0)

HolyMama! said...

THANK YOU. i've been reminding myself of similar sentiments - although not as eloquently as you express them here.

just what i needed tonight!

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

That is so wonderful about your son's job!

Wonderful reminder about Moses - I love that God included such stories to encourage us.