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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 9: Cease Striving


I have been STRIVING too hard,

but isn't STRIVING

trying too hard

with overexertion

with blood, sweat, & tears

trying to do the impossible,

yet believing you can do the impossible?

Because if you only STRIVED harder

then you could actually

part the Red Sea.

Hmm

Sounds like I am STRIVING to be GOD

as HE gently reminded me in a dream

that I can't part the

Red Sea

or change anyone's heart.

Is this PRIDE or is it my caring so much

for the hurting

for the sick

for the grieving

for the lost

that I have lost touch with the

ONE

who is STRIVING to tell me

to

LET GO

&

to LET GOD

do HIS job

so that

JESUS can do HIS job

so that the

HOLY SPIRIT

can do HIS job

while I do my job~

"CEASE STRIVING and know that I am GOD" (Psalm 46:10).

No wonder

HIS JOY that was my STRENGTH has become WEARINESS.

No wonder

HIS HOPE has become DESPAIR.

No wonder,

because I have wandered off the path

by STRIVING to do the impossible

that I have lost

HIS JOY & HIS HOPE.

Oh how humbling this is,

yet not in a condemning way

but in a convicting way

because

GOD is such a gentleman

that

"HE leads me beside the still and quiet waters" (Psalm 23:2)

to the space & place of

total PEACE

that is at the feet of JESUS

who looks into my eyes

with such tenderness

and doesn't have to say any words

because

HE is so STILL

&

KNOWS me so well

that

HE lets me wear HIS YOKE

that fits me perfectly

so that it makes me

CEASE STRIVING

because

HE is the one who carries my burdened heart

to a place of

REST

that

CEASES me from STRIVING to do GOD'S job

because it is

HIS BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS

that takes mine & yours.

Oh STRIVING you are

NO LONGER AN OPTION

when I & when you

just

“Come to ME, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from ME, for I am gentle and humble in heart,

and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light"

(Matthew 11:28-30)

Wow.

PEACE fills my soul

as HIS JOY returns

as I remove myself from the equation

because

I can't do the impossible

no matter how hard I STRIVE

because when

JESUS is my ONLY OPTION

I have all that I need

because

at the feet of JESUS

"I am caught up in YOUR PRESENCE" (from "NOTHING ELSE", listen below)

and that is where

STRIVING IS NO LONGER AN OPTION!


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