The principle of stress and relief. It’s like in the gym — you stress your muscle a bit, 12 counts, then you release (or rest) for 30 seconds, then stress again, then release. That’s how you grow your muscle. You can’t grow your muscle if either you are all the time stressed out or all the time at rest. There has to be a “stress and relief”.
There was a time that my life is in auto pilot — relief — it seems that everyything was going fine. But if you are following my blog, or if you are my best friend Kuya Prudy, you know that my life is now in the season of “stress”. Almost every aspect of my life — my relationships, my job, my ministry, my health — are under attack. I’m stressed out and at the point of giving up.
In my quiet time today, God struck me with a hammer. He showed me a passage in the Bible that he wants me to claim as mine. The context of the verse credits this to the “ones who died in the great tribulation” (v. 14), but heck, this is mine today!
“For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes”. (Rev. 7:17)
Stress. Relief. Stress…
What happens next is… relief. In the midst of uncertainty and pain and trouble, God is giving me hope. The season of relief is coming. In the first place, that’s how he grows me. Stress. Relief. Stress. Relief. Maybe you are in the same situation as mine. You are in a season of your life where problems seem endless. Claim that passage from the scripture as yours. Jesus will be our shepherd — he cares for us, he will lead us to the waters where relief is found and he will wipe away our tears. Relief is coming. I’m pretty sure of that.