Do you remember as a kid reading the book Stone Soup? It’s a story about giving to others in need and how our perspective can change, depending on our circumstances. This little old lady only has stones to make soup, yet the kindness of others around feed her and themselves a yummy bowl of soup.
How does this relate to marriage and relationships? Well, hear me out. Seth deployed in December for six months, and we have 17-month-old twins. I am a first-time mom and work a couple side jobs on top of working a 24/7 job as a mom and wife. Life has changed. The daily activities of keeping a house and children alive is a hard job! I give 100% of myself everyday and pray for the same energy the next morning. In a word, this season of life is exhausting.
As believers, we are called to build our rock on the solid ground, on the cornerstone (Luke 6:46-49, Ephesians 2:19-22). It all boils down to what our foundation is made out of, solid stone or crumbling sand. But, what does this look like practically? We can believe this truth to be true, but fail to live out our theology the way it’s written down. In my season of life, the to-do list is a mile long and is never done when my head hits the pillow. This drives me insane! Sometimes to the point of staying up late to only have to wake up early and forget to spend time with my Rock. I am only one person and literally cannot do everything (no matter how hard I try). Sometimes all you can do is nothing. Simply doing nothing, resting is what our bodies need. Take a step back, examine what you have on your “to-do list” plate. Are you forgetting that your feet need to be on solid ground? Don’t let your tasks take priority to the basics of our Christian life-Christ!
Right now: remember what Christ said in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” As I scrubbed our grill today, this verse came to mind. Am I giving my burdens to the Lord? Am I truly finding rest in my Rock? Convicted, I came to the realization that I need to go back to the basics and maintain my relationship with the Lord, foundationally. I need to start with my Rock every day, each day, no exceptions. If the little old lady in Stone Soup could help change the perspectives of our circumstances, how much more can our perspective change when our eyes are locked on our Rock and Savior?
One last thought. Anyone who has ever trained for any event, running, biking, triathlons, knows that you have a maintenance period. You’re not always training at 100%. During the winter months, bikers will focus on weight training to stay strong for the summer months of riding the high mileage rides. Likewise, in our spiritual life, there are seasons of maintenance. You may not be spending extra time in the Word, but you’re staying steady in your plan, in your daily devotions. When this season of life passes, you’ve maintained your spiritual strength to continue running the race set before us: “let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1b).