Tuesday, August 20, 2013

 We're Not Meant To Do It All
Ring around the rosies
Pocket full of posies
Ashes, ashes, we all FALL DOWN!

Courtesy of Ring around the Rosie on Kidoinfo
So goes the nursery rhyme children sing as they face each other, hold hands, and walk in a circle before falling together at the end of the song. It happens in our lives today too, even as adults. I went through it literally, a few months ago. I’d been going about my day until suddenly I was dizzy when I stood up. So dizzy that I couldn’t take one step without falling.  What in the world is wrong with me? I wondered.  I tried to stand again without success. So I crawled on my hands and knees to lie down on the bed, hoping the problem would pass.  Even after half an hour, I still couldn’t stand without falling.
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Not one to give up, I determined I would be fine, but after trying to walk five more times, I gave up. I was in trouble, didn’t know why, and couldn’t do a thing about it.  I crawled back across the house to the phone. It seemed silly to call 9-1-1 just because I couldn’t walk, so I called a neighbor who drove me to the ER. Tests didn’t reveal what had happened. The doctor diagnosed me with vertigo and gave me some medication to combat it. Nobody knew why it had happened though.
Life can take so many turns and go so fast we’re caught up in a whirlwind without knowing why or how it even started. 
In today’s world, especially with modern technology that lets is connect instantly, we often find ourselves with little, or no time for ourselves. We allow people to demand more of us than is humanly possible to fulfill and we handle it without a problem. Until it becomes too much and we collapse under the weight of it all.
So what can we do? We have to admit we have limits to how much we can do, set boundaries that give us time to rest and rejuvenate, and hold fast to what we’ve said we can and will do.  Jesus took time to rest during his ministry here on earth.  We certainly should too.

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