Calgon

Calgon…Take Me Away!

Do you remember that commercial?  There’s this mom…the phone is ringing, the baby is crying, among other assorted demands, and in desperation, she cries, “Calgon, take me away!”  Can you relate?  I know I can.  There’s work, taking care of kids, shopping, household chores, my husband, my volunteer work at church, my CEIM assignments, the dishwasher needs a repairman, the baseboards need to be cleaned in preparation for the painter who’s coming to do our trim to prepare our home to be sold…

And Calgon is NOT going to do the trick. I’m past tired physically and emotionally. I’m struggling with depression. I want to quit – everything.  I find myself withdrawing from people.  I start to wonder if God’s idea of not giving me more than I handle is inaccurate and He will actually push me past the breaking point.

But God, He once again proves He is gracious.  He gently reprimands me for believing lies about His character, then He reminds me that I struggle no more than anyone else who decides to do their best to do whatever God lays before them.  He reminds me that each one of these people face insurmountable odds; that each one must trust that God will show up and that He will give them whatever they need to be a success.   That same God loves me as a child and a bride – He will fight for me; He cherishes me and so will help me get through.  Instead of a temporary, incomplete peace, God grants me a lasting, quiet confidence.  The words of the psalm God brought to my mind say it so eloquently, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God.  For I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.”

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