To feel encouraged: Take heart. You’ll be done soon, and you won’t have to think about this paper ever again. (Definition of “take heart” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press).
Some days seem more difficult than others, I think. It’s the day to day sameness that tends to make the hours creep by and sap me of energy, of joy, of whatever makes me feel courageous. The words, Take Heart, have often made me pause and remember that what is happening now isn’t how things will be forever. One day, it will change. It will change. Whether the situation causing trouble will be resolved or you will find strength to continue on in the battle, something will change. So, until then, it is a matter of putting one foot in front of the other. To keep active, in motion, going forward. Until I am given further instructions.
This is where I tend to get bogged down. I can put my head down and lean into something for a season, but then I get tired. I start to wonder if things are ever going to change. I find myself leaking joy like a sad balloon. I pull myself along the path and think a bit like dear Eeyore, “Woe is me, this will never change.” Forgetting all the time, that while God never changes, life often does change.
One day it will be different. It may be different because we have grown and what used to trouble us no longer does. Or it may be that it has been resolved. Whatever way it may be, life will change. There will be music again, there will be laughter, there will be joy. We just need to trust that God is working toward this end with a bigger purpose in mind. That I will not be the same as when I started, that when I am finished I will have less of me and more of Him inside me.
This is the end goal. To be more like Christ and to love those around me with His great love and grace. Nothing more and nothing less. It will be when I am able to see things with His eyes, that I am able to see the finite reality of life. That I will see that those around me are still in need of a Savior.
So in the meantime, it will be a decision to stand up, lace up my shoes, pick up whatever I am to carry for this season until it is time to lay it down at His feet.
When I am weary, I can remember that He is stronger and willing to help me. I am not alone. Jesus has been through all of this before and He was crowned the Victor. It is possible. I just need to take heart.