I went grocery shopping for a few items, and I when I put my car into park on the driveway, I did what is very typical of me: I tried to carry every single grocery bag into my house in one trip. Since my hands were both draped with bags of heavy groceries, I was unable to close the car door. From the start, I knew I would eventually have to make a trip back to close it.
Once I made it to my front porch, I had to set down some bags so I could unlock and open the door. Finally, when I made it into the house, I had to flex every single one of my arm muscles in order to set the groceries on the kitchen counter. As I walked outside to close the car door, I noticed that I had left a bag behind. Good thing I couldn’t close the car door, I thought. I would have spoiled that bag of groceries.
But God knew that I left a bag behind, so He made sure that I would have to make another trip.
I think so many times women become caught up in this trap of trying to do everything at once. We want to be good mothers, wives, influential Christians who have stellar careers, and we want to do it all at the same time. However, when we try to do everything in one trip, we inevitably leave something behind. And so many times, God will lead us back on another trip to see what we had forgotten.
We may find ourselves too busy to help a friend in need, too drained to adequately care for our families, or too distracted to find rest in the Lord. We are so occupied with trying to achieve our goals all at once that we are no longer enjoying the journey. And we wonder why every night we fall into bed exhausted and discouraged.
God has given us many passions and promises, but He doesn’t expect us to achieve them all at the same time. There is a time and a season for everything. If we were to break our goals into several life trips—instead of trying to carry all our dreams at once—we wouldn’t leave things behind. We would also find that our load every day is lighter and easier to bear, and that each day we have adequate time to spend in the presence of our Lord.
Questions: Are you doing too much at once? What can you give to the Father that can be achieved on your next trip? Pray and ask God what you can cut from your schedule, so you can enjoy the journey.
“Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light” (Matthew 11.29-30 NLT).
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