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People Make Me Tired

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“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matt 11:28-30

I’m an introvert…to my core. No shockers here. I’m the girl who, in my own room, with a door I can close, constructed a reading nook where I can further hide myself from the world. Don’t misunderstand, I love people. I love to be around people but they make me tired. My soul gets really tired, really quickly.

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There’s nothing wrong with being an introvert or needing time alone. There’s nothing wrong with barricading yourself behind a bamboo room divider and disappearing into a great classic novel. The problem comes when this is where my soul looks for rest.

As I try to figure out this life of loving God and bringing His Kingdom I am often overwhelmed by the thought of all the people I know and the more I meet everyday who need the love of Jesus. How do I make an eternal impact on their lives without going deep in relationship with them? How do I have that many deep relationships with that many people when who I really want to hang out with is Jane Austen? It all makes me feel very ‘heavy laden’.

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You must be thinking, “Wow, the last place this girl should be is on the mission field.” And there are days I’d be inclined to agree.  I’ve often envied the dad and chauffeur from Sabrina who sits in his above-the-garage apartment with his books, occasionally drives his rich employer to a meeting only to wait in the car…with his books.

Ahh…the life…

But that is not the life we are called to live. We are loved. Deeply. Intimately. Extravagantly. Irrationally. We are called to love others in the same way. We don’t love people because we’re supposed to. We love them because the love of Christ for us is too much for our finite hearts to contain. It spills out on anyone we meet.

This is the yoke He wants me to take on and the burden He asks me to carry. Seems a bit lighter in that context. He is not asking me to save the world or even to save Phnom Penh. He is asking me to learn from Him, to see how He loves me and know how I am to love those on my ministry team and the prostitutes I meet at the park and the kids trying to sell me books on the river front.

Written on my bathroom wall in dry-erase marker is the phrase “Your yoke=rest for my soul-daily need”. Don’t judge the grammar. I scribbled it one sleepy morning after having read the above verses. It reminds me (usually while I’m in the shower) to take on His yoke every day; that my own idea of how I am going to “win the world for Christ” will always leave me ‘heavy laden’. Each morning while I’m rinsing my hair I ask Him for His yoke and His burden. It is the only way I’ve found to love without reserve and still not exhaust my soul.

Mr. Darcy ain’t got nothin’ on that.

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January 23, 2013 at 2:01 am

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Heaven: I can’t wait!

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And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.  And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.  By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day-and there will be no night there.  They bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations.  But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.  -Revelation 21:22-27

So I read this yesterday and thought, “That’s kind of cool.   Heaven should be a good time.”  Then I went to an International Fair here in Phnom Penh and God put color to the text.  As we were walking around there were people dressed in traditional outfits from countless nations, aromas from tables full of tasty ethnic-ness, music and dancing from all over the world.  I ate Malaysian fried rice, listened to Lebanese music, watched Baliwood dancing and realized this is a fantastic day, but a small, pathetic glimpse of what Heaven will be.

Revelation 21:26 says, “They will bring into it the glory and honor of the nations.” The glory and honor of the nations!

Picture this: An endless, eternal international city with the best architecture, art, music, dancing, food, natural wonders, clothes, traditions, fun and anything else you can think of, from every nation and people group throughout all of time, all redeemed and to the glory of God!

No worries about spending the day on a beach and walking away scorched by the sun.  No thought of, “Is this delicious street food going to send me running to the bathroom in an hour?”  No frustration of language barriers.  No culture shock.  No long travel days.

Just the glory and honor and beauty and splendor of the nations at our fingertips to enjoy forever.  And at the center of it all?  The Lord God Almighty and the Lamb, being our temple and the light by which we see everything.  As though the person of Jesus Christ and the physical presence of God would not be enough on their own, we get all the other stuff too, just because that’s how much we are loved!

So, if your heart is in the nations but your body is not, no worries!  This is what we have in store!  If you’re like me and would like to be in at least five different countries on any given day, it’s coming!  I, for one, cannot wait!!

Note: The verses above are only six out of 27 in this chapter, all describing the awesomeness of Heaven, you should read the rest and get excited!

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January 30, 2011 at 3:27 am