Wednesday of the Second Week

Readings

IS 40:25-31

MT 11:28-30

Reflection

 

God does not have finite resources or limits like we do, and yet for most of my life I’ve operated like he does. I’ve long been a slave to the “scarcity mindset,” always living with this nagging feeling that there’s never “enough.” Whether it be with time, money, people, or energy, I have become more consciously aware that this lens for viewing the world has a detrimental effect on how I operate. A scarcity mindset makes me move more urgently than is necessary, make decisions out of fear, and skews my ability to slow down to love and live well. 

If sin is anything that gets between us and God, my scarcity mindset is one of my most prominent places of separation. This year, both personally and professionally I’ve experienced an immense amount of change and loss, leaving me to angrily ask God why he’d let so many fears come true. The answer came first as silence, then a whisper, then a resounding chorus – promises all throughout scripture filled with words like in today’s readings: “The Lord is the eternal God, creator of the ends of the earth. He does not grow faint or weary…”, “They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength…”, “Merciful and gracious is the Lord, slow to anger and abounding in kindness”.  

Nothing about this God is limited, scarce, or too tired to take care of us. He heals us back to health while simultaneously holding our hopes for the future when we can’t see them any more. The best part is that it’s not just a one-time deal; he is patient to help us learn to turn to him. “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me...and you will find rest for yourselves.” Today I pray these words from Jesus fall over you like a healing balm, and seep into whatever place you’ve experienced God as “not enough” for the challenges chasing you right now. I pray in this advent season that you’d let him make the most unfair trade by replacing your heavy load for his light and easy one.

Kimberlyn Kettles '16
USD Ministry Staff Team Leader
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship