What I Learned from Taking a Break

December 7, 2019

 

 

I was not inspired to write last week. I couldn’t come up with anything to write about.

 

I think it was already midweek when I thought of something. This mattered because my weekly deadline for my blog is every Saturday morning before my baby wakes up. Two to three days for writing doesn’t usually work for me, and if I’d be candid, I am only writing through God’s grace.

 

I was able to complete a devotional story, but my internet went down on Friday evening.

 

I should have been working on my online ministry on a Saturday morning, but I was knocked out of schedule by connection issues.

 

Since I had time to spare, I spent more time in prayer and reading the word of God.

 

For the first time in over a year, I wrote a song for God. I enjoyed it.

 

We got our internet connection back on Saturday evening. But the internet was running slow, and it was also too late to get anything done, I decided to wake up very early Sunday morning to upload my material on my online platforms.

 

Early Sunday morning I saw that my computer didn’t charge and wouldn’t turn on. I checked if it was connected to the charger, and it was. The lamp attached to the power outlet is working so I switched outlets and still my laptop isn’t charging.

 

With internet and computer issues, I knew that I won’t be able to get anything uploaded online.

 

So instead of labouring on a Sunday morning, I prepared a good breakfast and started working on my song again. I finished my song, and I really liked the message it conveys and the sound of the melody.

 

I also spent the whole day playing with my baby and watched a good movie with my eldest son.

 

I think I learned a valuable lesson from this experience.

 

Exodus 20:8-10

New International Version (NIV)

 

8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labour and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God.

 

On it, you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.

 

Rest

 

I need to rest. God designed the Sabbath for us to recharge. I need to plan my activities carefully so that I have time to rest.

 

God is in control

 

I didn’t die. Yes, I missed a task in my schedule, but it showed me that I can trust God that he’s got my back.

 

God is in control. Worrying will not help. Although I must admit that I need to work on focusing on the right things.

 

Sum it up

 

Luke 12:25-31

New International Version (NIV)

 

25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?

 

26 Since you cannot do this tiny thing, why do you worry about the rest?

 

27 “Consider how the wildflowers grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!

 

29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.

 

30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

 

Bad things will happen, and we cannot do anything about it.

 

There is a saying that goes, “when you worry when things go wrong, you suffer twice.”

 

Another’s saying goes, “you give dominion to the things that affect your emotions.”

 

When we encounter things that don’t go our way, we should do our best not to be worrisome. Focus on what you can do. Plan and execute. Regarding the things that are not within your grasp, trust God that He can turn things around for our good. Praise Jesus!

 

Thank you for reading this devotional story, and I pray that it encouraged and empowered you in your walk with Christ. Please read other devotional stories on the website. You might find God is in Control, How Trusting Am I?, and Lessons Learned appealing.

 

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