“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion.” Isaiah 30:18 (NIV)
I may be showing my age here, but some of us may remember variety shows on television like the old Ed Sullivan Show. Often on these show there was an act with someone trying to keep plates spinning on poles up in the air. If a plate stopped spinning it fell and shattered. So this person ran around like crazy keeping all of the plates spinning for as long as possible. Even at my young elementary school age, I often wondered why?
I imagine however that many of us try to “keep plates spinning” even now. Up until my chronic illness hit 18 years ago I was a busy, active, person proudly writing my “to do” lists. At the end of each day I was so pleased with all of the things I could check off—schooling, marriage, raising a family, being a busy Pastor’s wife, and all of the busy work that comes with life.
Even after my diagnosis I stayed busy. Always doing a little bit more than I should, given my health. I did not know how to let go and live within the limits of my diseases. Through the years I have had to relearn this lesson. As more health limitations surfaced, I had to learn again and again that I cannot do everything. Our self worth is so tied in with all we can do. We
consider what we do, to be who we are.
So we wear ourselves out “spinning plates.”
Repentance, rest, quietness, and trust That is the source of our salvation and our strength. How often do we exhaust ourselves when in verse 18 “The Lord longs to be gracious to us, and He rises to show us compassion.” I am relearning this lesson once again as I face using my wheelchair more often. Rest and quietness sounds so inviting. Dear friends, He longs to show compassion on you too.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sandra Platt is a Minister’s wife who lives in North West Kentucky. She has Fibromyalgia, Sjogren’s, and Neuropathy, among other conditions as well. She is owned and comforted by her two spoiled 14-year-old cats. She enjoys reading, cooking, and being outdoors. The prayer of her heart is in Psalm 19:14.”May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” You may visit Sandy at http://www.RestministriesSunroom.com