I Nehemiah 4, we can read about a wall that is being rebuilt. The wall being rebuilt and repaired came with some drama. Some people were not happy and some people were planning ways to destroy the progress. The verse that struck me right in the heart was verse 17.
Nehemiah 4:16-18New International Version (NIV)
16 From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah 17 who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, 18 and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.
That line about doing the work with one hand and holding your weapon with the other… that’s a loaded sentence.
This has been my reality for a while now. Sometimes it can be really hard balancing the two. You want to give more attention to one aspect and then the other suffers. You feel like things are “calming down” and then something else happens and life is a mess again. When you are in the midst of a battle, you can’t exactly let your guard fall. You have to be on top of your game and on high alert.
Maybe I’m the only one that ever feels this way…if so, say an extra prayer for me today!!
I know that we are being held and protected and kept through any and all times of uncertainty , but being faithful in doing the work all while ‘fighting’ with my other free hand can be exhausting. It can seem like you are operating in a fog- unsure what to expect next. It’s impossible to do on your own. You need support- people that are going to have your back and watch out for you. People that are trustworthy and faithful. I am so thankful to have people like that in my life. They have truly held me up lately.
All of that to say this-
I have no doubt in my mind that the battles we face are like refining fires. Attacks that the enemy meant for harm, the Lord will use for His good.
If you are like me and have found yourself keeping the faith & doing the work with one hand, all while fighting the fight with the other hand… I hope you find yourself encouraged.
I know that my promises are still true and that nothing can remove me from God’s hand. He is faithful. He holds my family and our future. He already knows the answer to any issues that we are facing. Our steps are ordered. Any battle that we face, He is going to see us through. (insert a deep breath here) 🙂 It’s gonna be alright. We silly humans seem to think that life should be neat and perfect and planned and organized and that all issues should be resolved immediately. Sometimes growth is a process. Actually, growth is always a process.
Just hold on.
” The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” – Exodus 14:14
” When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.”