My mouth is where I feel it first. Because my bite has changed with age, if I get stressed out I start to clench my teeth and rub raw spots on my tongue and cheeks.
This serves as a low fuel indicator light.
And I’m not like the guys, who live for the adventure of seeing how far they can drive on a low fuel light, without running out of gas. (Why do they think this is fun, and why didn’t anybody warn me it was a thing when I got married?)
I don’t like the idea of stranded.
So when I see the warning light of stress, I want to take care of it right now.
Gut reaction is to make the stress go away. Could somebody please make it all go away? Please let it be summer so school is over. Please send us a check for a million dollars. Please erase everything on my calendar.
The stressors stay in place and my heart runs to the Lord at all hours of the day and night. He is my shelter.
Matt and I shook on a deal about a month ago. I told him he had to act cheerful about the snow until March 1st, and I promised that come March I wouldn’t complain about the increasing heat. On February 26th we had yet another blizzard that dropped a good 6 inches of fresh snow. So when Matt bowed his head over lunch, he thanked the Lord for the snow (seemed a little forced to me) and for our good shelter.
In Montana, we are people who know the value of a warm shelter when the winds howl and the snow blows sideways from the north.
In my heart, this is what it means to go to the Lord with all the pressures in my life. I get behind his sturdy walls, and he gives me the necessary fuel to keep going –strength and help. But also his joy.
But let all who take refuge in You rejoice;
let them shout for joy forever.
May You shelter them,
and may those who love Your name boast about You.
Psalm 5:11 (HCSB)
We are loved.
We have help.
This is a warm and protective relationship, and no stress can steal away the joy we siphon endlessly from the Lord.
If external stressors are pressing on you today, I pray you will internally go to the Lord for fuel to keep going. May you find in him a safety and depth of love and help that will cause you to relax your clenched jaw and tight shoulders.