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  • Writer's pictureLauren Mitchell

Monday Thoughts...

It’s not the pandemic; it’s the dishes.

I don’t mean in any way to minimalize the suffering the pandemic has caused.

Stick with me.

In the things we deem BIG, those things we have no hope of making it through, we tend to rely on God immediately. It’s the things we label mundane that we lack power to execute with joy.

And do you know why?

Because we don’t ask. We don’t ask for help with struggles we deem within our capabilities.

So I’ll repeat it: It’s not the pandemic; it’s the dishes.

The mundane is ultimately what keeps me from fully experiencing all God has for me on a Tuesday. He wants to fill me to the fullest on that Tuesday, but I never ask Him.

I’m not very good at asking for help. This may make me sound tough or heroic, but it’s actually the sin of pride in me. Sometimes I don’t identify it. Feeding it helps me cope with not being enough. The funny thing is that I would live a much more peaceful life if I could just own the fact that I am not enough.

That’s a very different statement than saying I have enough. When I rely solely on me, I am not enough, but I’m not actually alone. In fact, I’m never alone no matter how I might sometimes feel.

God has promised us all the power we will ever need “…and his incomparably great power for us who believe, that power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms…Ephesians 1:19-20

Yep this power is available even over the dishes.

I know, it seems excessive, right?

God is excessive; He is famous for giving more than enough.

I forget this all the time. Did you really see that verse? When we believe, God gives us the same strength He used when He raised Christ from the dead. He can certainly use it to raise my attitude out of pit. He waits though, until we ask for it. Do you know why? If He didn’t wait until I asked for help, I wouldn’t recognize that it was Him. As it is, even when I ask, I frequently forget to thank Him.

“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.”

CS Lewis

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