The dishes taunted me from their place in the kitchen sink. Both sides were filled to capacity and some dishes sat to the side, resting on the counter top, too large to fit. I was exhausted! It had been a day! As a matter of fact, it had been a weekend. I had been on my feet all day. Admittedly no one had forced me to stand all day. I had gone fun shopping with a friend, grocery shopping for the family, made chili for my kids, soup for my sick husband, and tea-cakes for my eldest’s house-warming party. I didn’t think I could manage one more thing.
The task before me seemed insurmountable! I literally begin to feel sick at my stomach; so, against all the training I had received from my mom and grandmother (Audible Gasp) I turned away from the mountain in front of me and went to bed. I don’t think I even moved through the night but woke up refreshed and ready to face the day.
The dishes met me as I entered the kitchen to make the coffee. The mountain appeared less daunting with fresh eyes. It took mere minutes to wash them on this new day.
It brought to mind something I once heard in a sermon:
Never make a major decision when you are
Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired.
I had been tired. Oh, I realize that washing the dishes is not a major life-altering decision, but for me, at that moment, it was a mountain. And just in case you are wondering, I have indeed used this wisdom for real life-altering decisions.
You see, scripture tells me that He will lead me beside still waters, cause me to lie down in green pastures, and restore my soul. It also tells me that He will grant rest to the ones He loves and that he cares about the little things in our lives just like He cares for the sparrows.
Has there been a mountain in your life that seems too giant to scale? Is it insurmountable? I’m not asking if someone else could climb the mountain. I’m asking if you could. No? Well, take a breath. Stop a minute and just rest. It is okay to walk away and leave the dishes in the sink. They will be there tomorrow. It’s okay to leave the laundry for another day or let the kids’ toys sit around in the living room. No really, IT IS OKAY! Allow yourself time to be refreshed in His presence and in the presence of those you love. Or, if you can, indulge in the most decadent of things-take a nap!
Mountains seem to shrink in the new light of day.
I will refresh the weary soul and replenish all who are weak.Jeremiah 31:25 Berean Study Bible