Hello there. Hi!
May my words be brief today and to the point!
My heart is stirring with simple encouragement as I write. Encouragement that I take directly for myself and encouragement that is too broad to not be somewhat applicable to anyone else, too.
“Shake yourself from the dust and arise; be seated, O Jerusalem; loose the bonds from your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.”
(English Standard Version)
On this Friday, can we take that as encouragement straight from Him to our hearts? There is grace today no matter how weak, how tired, how confused, how disheveled, how strong, how proud, how self-sufficient, how okay we feel, how anything etc etc etc we may feel, to RISE up and shake off the dust. There is grace to shake it off. That’s what He does. He cleans. He redeems. He makes new. He starts us over. He gives NEW mercy every single day. He lifts the burden.
The thought of rising up to shake ourselves off may be more than you can tolerate because it’s more will than you feel you can muster. Or the picture of rising up to shake ourselves off may be the exact picture you need to breathe life into your soul.
Truth says that no matter what this week has held, no matter what the last five minutes have held, no matter if you feel full of life or if you feel you are going through the motions, there IS grace to stop. To stand up, shake off the dust, and arise.
I find it so interesting that this scripture refers to us loosing the bonds from our own necks. Those are Bible words for stopping, deciding you’re done with the heaviness that pursues your thoughts, your soul, or your heart and making a choice to step out of it.
Mercy, we all know that there are times it’s not that simple.
But, let that not dissuade us from the truth that sometimes it is that simple.
We cannot step out of the heaviness because we are strong/perfect/all-sufficient. The only reason we can truly have faith that it is possible to shake ourselves from the dust is because THAT is His business. THAT is His deal. THAT is who He is. Maybe our minds forget that. Maybe our hearts forget that.
So, it’s Friday. Let’s cease and desist any forgetfulness right now. Let’s remember. HE has not forsaken. He has not forgotten. He is real and He is here. And He’s in the business of making all things new….even a weary heart.
Perhaps a little heavy for a Friday but maybe it will be the moment that welcomes a lightness into our Fridays!
Happy weekending y’all and much love,