Into your hands I commend my spirit; You will redeem me, O Lord, O faithful God.
Lent is a time to reflect on, and look forward to, The Resurrection. It is the cornerstone of our faith – the turning point in the story of our redemption. Although The Passion of Christ has always moved me to tears, and deep gratitude, it has always been Jesus’ story, not mine. Lately, all of that has been changing…
I thought that as my kids gained more independence, I would gain more free time: that the pace of my life would calm down. Oh how wrong I was! Now my kids are more involved in extra curricular activities that I have to coordinate, keep track of, and provide taxi service for. I too have added extra curricular activities of my own. Some days are a complete blur as I fly by the seat of my pants, hoping and praying that I haven’t left a child stranded at karate or Tech Club in the chaos of it all.
The older I get, the more this crazy pace takes its toll on my brain-cell-depleted mind, but more so, on my soul. I know it’s time to step back when, not only am I physically exhausted, but I am soul-weary.
That’s when I need a resurrection of my own. That’s when I cry out in my prayer time, “Into Your hands I commend my spirit.” As a rule, I am a control freak who struggles with letting it all go to God. But when I hit this spirit-weary place, I have no energy left to control anything. Suddenly I am waving the white flag of control, perfectly willing to place it all in God’s hands: lock, stock, and barrel.
What happens next is the most amazing phenomenon: where there was chaos, there is calm. My exhausted state is infused with renewed energy. Most importantly, my life-less spirit is resurrected. I feel reborn and ready to jump back into my life with excitement.
My spiritual dream is to forever surrender my control so I can stay in this miraculous state of new life. But baby steps… Unlike a cat who only has nine tries to get it right, God is forever faithful. He will keep redeeming my spirit over and over and over again.
I wish everyone a blessed Easter, filled with new hope and rejuvenation!
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Oh how I needed this post today. I too am feeling weary and could use some serious quiet time, alone with God. I think I might carve that out for myself tomorrow afternoon while my kids are safe in your hands 🙂 Thanks Claire and wishing you all a wonderful Happy Easter!!
Although I wish you weren’t feeling the same way, it’s nice to know that I’m not alone. But the good news is I did find some quiet time today to reconnect with God, and it’s amazing the difference it makes! I hope you get to experience that same “resurrection” tomorrow!
You let him into your boat. It works every time. And guess who reminded me of that in such a beautiful way….you! Have a wonderful Easter, Claire!
Aw thanks Pam! Funny how I can remind others of things and then neglect to do them myself. And so continues my spiritual journey with one step forward and two steps back…. I hope you have a fabulous Easter and that everyone is healthy and happy!
God bless you, Claire, for your faith, your insight and ability to remind us that without spending time with God, our lives seem to spin out of control. My prayer is that you have an amazing Easter, because you truly journey with Christ. Your are a true blessing! Happy, happy Easter to you, John, and your three Angels!!
What a wonderful message to get Mom, thank you! I hope that you too have an Easter filled with grace, light and new life!