Welcome to Monday. I’m tired. We’re in the process of creating a new guest room. Although it sounds simple, it required that we empty, rearrange, and repurpose three entire rooms in our house. It was like musical chairs in mammoth proportions.
Mine was the biggest portion because I had to pack up my very large office and downsize to the smallest room. After working on this task a week or more, I had to break down and admit to my husband that I could not get it done. I needed his help. Actually, I needed a whole weekend of his help, plus a few evenings. He cheerfully gave that and more.
The idea sounded simple: Make a nicer guest area. Ever notice how easily something rolls off our tongue and the gravity of it hits moments or days later? In the middle of the mess, tired and discouraged, I even had a moment of regret: this wasn’t the best time to tackle this project with everything else I have on my plate right now. At that moment, having my husband working alongside me gave me the boost of encouragement to keep going. Well, that, and the cherry limeade he brought me.
Luke 5:27 records two simple words Jesus said to Levi: Follow Me. The next verse says, “and he left everything behind, got up, and followed him.” Follow Me. Such simple words hide such a powerful command. I can’t help but imagine, after Matthew’s enthusiastic and immediate act of obedience, that he later found himself tired, discouraged and fighting hiw own moment of regret.
Jesus’ invitations to us can seem so simple, so doable. If you’re responding to his words (we all are - “Follow Me”) and you are experiencing the tiredness, the discouragement, or even some regret, know that his help is available. “I’m with you always, even to the end of time.” (Matthew 28:20) He’s right alongside us and we draw our needed boost of energy from him.
My guest room isn’t finished. The new bed we ordered has been delayed twice. I have no doubt that our guest space will be more wonderful than I imagined it, in the end.
And so will the end of our God-given tasks.
Renew me today, O Lord, and reenergize me for the task you’ve set before me. Help me remember the simplicity of your invitation to Follow You and the joy of having you at my side in that endeavor.
Cindy Anderson - Boise, ID