I’m a type A person – which most of the time translates as: I can stay focused and power through projects on my “to-do” list for as long as it takes to accomplish the task.
In terms of productivity, being a type A is a great asset. The downside however is that when you do come off the power high, the crash and burn effect is spectacular. Most of the time, I’m so focused on getting the job done, that I often miss the signs of weariness and impending doom until after it’s happened.
The metaphorical air bag has deployed and I sit there stunned. How did I miss all the “slow down there’s a curve ahead,” “yield to others,” and “stop before it’s too late” signs?
Recently I hit that point. I was weary, burnt out and empty. And then something beautiful happened. My husband could see it in my eyes. As I was preparing the next day’s meals in the kitchen, he walked up to me and tenderly embraced me. He whispered encouragement in my ears and told me that his schoolwork would have to wait. He’d take a hit on his grade, but that didn’t matter. What mattered was me. Us. So we made a batch of popcorn and watched a movie together. It was just what I needed to restore my soul.
And that’s exactly what God does for us. In the crazy, hectic pace of life…He reaches out for our hand and leads us beside still waters. He makes us lie down in green pastures. He restores our soul.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
Receiving encouragement from friends, family and loved ones is just one of the tangible ways that God reaches our spirits and brings comfort. But He doesn’t always require humans. He can do that same work through the Holy Spirit, His creation, or through a decadent piece of chocolate and a latte.
The Lord is our Shepherd…we shall not want. Focus on that…and His comfort and peace will see you through.