In the Overlap

Bear ye one another’s burdens. Galatians 6:2

I marveled at the overlap in my life yesterday, while participating in Stephen Ministry supervision night. Twice a month we meet together as leadership and then as a ministry team for worship, supervision, and continuing education.

It was the first meeting of the new ministry year, and one of the leaders was presenting our vision statement. In his unique style, the presenter started on the back of the page, working his way to the front. Reverse order.

Each of us took a turn reading the Scripture passages that had been selected to encapsulate what we do as Stephen Ministers and why we do it. Always a good reminder.

My turn came up on Galatians 6:2, Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

I smiled inside.

Earlier in the day, two of my first graders had carefully filled in the word Bear in the blanks on their math test. Three more will do so today.

B e a r ye one another’s burdens. Galatians 6:2 

It looks like the animal word bear. It means to help carry. I explained to each one, in turn, as we wrote the verse down in their notebooks.

It’s one thing I love about what I do. I love the daily reminders from God’s Word in the midst of the frustrations that come with living in a fallen world. And I need to focus on those parts, because there are a lot of parts that are hard and not my favorite. This doesn’t mean bad. Just hard. Like any work that we do anywhere.

As I drove home from meeting last night, I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude in the midst of the overwhelming. Because yesterday was more overwhelming to me than usual. More edgy, more frustrating, more annoying.

Do you ever have those days?

But God faithfully, and kindly, reminded me of his presence in the midst of the mundane. The routine. He filled my heart with gratefulness for the work he has given me to do and for his provision within it.

So as I prepare for another day, I look ahead with hopefulness and confidence that even in the midst of the struggle, he will continue to surround with support and help to bear what is heavy and burdensome.

Last night the same leader who presented our vision prayed for me specifically. His choice of words was from Proverbs 3:5,6. He prayed that I would do the following:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

I am grateful for life in the overlap.

2 thoughts on “In the Overlap

  1. Aunt Marilyn

    Encouraging words to keep on keeping on by trusting Jesus and enjoying the work He has for us to do! I will too . . . today! 🙂

    Reply

Thanks for heart-composting with me! I appreciate your words.