“What is the scent of water?”
“Renewal. The goodness of God coming down like dew.”

Elizabeth Goudge, The Scent of Water


I can’t do everything I want to do right now. Sometimes, I barely have the resources to do what I must do. Both energy and money seem to be in short supply. It frustrates me to feel so limited. I’m tired and I’m weary.

I make a list of things I think I need: more sleep, more money, more time, more energy, more patience, more support, more faith. I need a break. We all do from time to time, right?

Do you think Jesus ever needed a break? All. The. Time! How else could he have slept through a storm tossing his boat in a storm as we see in Matthew 8:24?

And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.”

Everywhere he went, people wanted his attention, his company. They wanted to hear his voice, to be encouraged, to be healed, to get healing for someone else. The Pharisees were around the corners waiting for a chance to trip him up in some discrepancy in his teaching. And we think it’s hard to hear, “Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom!”. Even his own disciples vied for a seat next to him in Heaven and had to have the meaning of his parables and cryptic pronouncements carefully explained to them in the simplest terms occasionally.

And I think Jesus was generally a pretty neat guy to be around. He was the man you wanted at your wedding, the guy you invited to stay in your home. He had God’s favor on him. I’ve often considered what his laugh must have been like. After all, this was Emmanuel – God with us – the embodiment of love and joy itself. His laugh must have been full and infectious!

So, yes, I’m sure Jesus needed a break from time to time – just like we do. And we hc6f92e248fe1cf9e96afc65972332acaave access to the same source of renewal that he had available. The same God who got Christ through his ministry, death and resurrection is the same God who is ready to renew our spirits, our minds, and our bodies.

So lift your head and ask your Father to enlighten, strengthen, mend, bind, heal and revive you for His glory. He’ll give you the break you need today. In fact, challenge Him to send something your way that shows you that it is uniquely for you – something that will make you smile and know it’s from the Father who knows exactly what you need!

And remember…it doesn’t have to be perfect to be powerful, and it doesn’t have to be pretty to be progress!


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