Friday, April 1, 2011

My burden

It is Sunday morning and I have a prayer request to share in our church service. However there is a change and we are asked to pray for any of our own needs. I feel that my request does not fit that category so I start to write down what was in my heart and want to share this in my blog.
This week my burden is heavy for the families who are travelling. It is spring break in Manitoba and families are travelling to visit grandparents and grandparents like to go and enjoy time with children and grandchildren. It is important to pray for those who are on the road. I am also thinking of a group of senior high school children who are in Europe during this break and are performing some of their band music. Are they socializing in a manner that is not only honoring to their country, but also to the Lord? Because the Lord has burdened my heart I need to pray.
Of course I have needs too, but it is not always easy to share with others. When I think of travelling I feel anxious. The older I get the more that travelling becomes a burdensome experience. My husband is a confident driver, maybe a bit over confident, according to my thinking. He will never admit that. Going to an airport is an overwhelming experience now that we are both well into our senior years. Yes, there is a season for everything as the Bible tells us. I need to commit these thoughts of my own heart to the Lord, and above all, leave them there.
The Lord will give us grace to endure and to accept what He has in store for us. "His grace is sufficient."


Glynis said...

Addy, sweet Addy...always thinking of others. Bless you for caring and for listening to the heart of God! x

Addy Oberlin said...

Thank you Glynis. Some day I hope to meet you in person.

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life said...

Being anxious about traveling or the whole of idea of leaving home and hoping you return... that's not just as we get older, for I too can relate, Addy.

The Lord started showing me some years ago I had an anxiety about traveling away from home that stemmed from childhood. (It was more an angst in my gut, not a conscious nail-biting anxiety)

So I asked Him about praying for protection as I went out about my business.... could I really know that He would protect me, and be totally in rest about it after?

What He said back to me as quick as a wink....if you believe you receive when you pray (for protection) you will have it.

Aha... I couldn't go by what was happening or not to other people. He had just said to me if I believe I receive my protection when I pray, then I will have it.

After that I started going out with more confidence and over the years I hardly think of it.

And just this spring, I 'happened' to be reading in the Psalms when I came across a verse that stood out and I knew I needed to pay attention to it, because Father Himself was saying to me:

Psalm 121:8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.

It was this word to me that put the last nail in the 'coffin' of being anxious about my going and my coming.

I share it in the hopes it will give you similar peace of mind and heart.