Sometimes when I look around at all I have to do, I get so overwhelmed. Everyday there are needs to be met and often they come at me simultaneously. Meals to be cooked, animals to be cared for, rooms to be cleaned, children to be read with and taught, washing to be done, squabbles to be sorted and on and on. Some days I just want to hide! When you add onto that the state of the world we are living in, it really can get on top of me. Recently I’ve been feeling like that, and I sought God for an answer. As I turned in my Bible, He led me to this verse, ‘Now I will take the load from your shoulders; I will free your hands from their heavy tasks.’ Psalm 81:6. Wow! That’s exactly what I need, but how would God do that? The tasks still need doing. I continued to seek after him and I began to understand what he was calling me to do. I wrote the following poem during my time of calling on him, as a way to work through the questions and seek the answers.

24 HOURS IS ENOUGH

I just need more time,
I have so many tasks,
With just 24 hours,
It’s too much to ask.

This job overwhelms me,
As I look at it all,
Can I please have more time,
To juggle these balls?

I see all around me,
So much I must do,
I can’t find the time,
To see each job through.

I believe it is time,
To stop and reflect,
To pause all my rushing,
To ask what God expects.

He asks me to listen,
And sit at his feet,
He’ll then give me time,
For my tasks to complete.

The hours that we’re given,
Are enough for each day,
To fulfil what God asks,
If we remember to pray.

These words ministered to my soul and gave me cause for pause. I really do feel lighter today, like the worries of the world and for our children’s future do not rest on my shoulders (I knew they didn’t, but I needed reminding). The tasks here, on our smallholding and with our family, are just as big as ever, but appear smaller once I look to our great God. I have remembered that each hour is also better spent when I have begun it with a prayer. I am gradually learning, but God knows how easily I am distracted and how quickly I forget. Thankfully he NEVER gives up on us and continues to call us back to rest in him.

The story of Mary and Martha is a good example of this Biblical principle in practice. I pray I will learn to be a Mary and not a Martha.

‘As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”. “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10 38-42

7 thoughts on “24 Hours is Enough

  1. I thought we hadn’t heard from you for a while and grew concerned. So I remembered you in my prayers , and will continue to do so. You give out so much and perhaps you are running on empty ? Time to receive. God bless.

  2. Thank you so much for thinking of me, that really touches my heart. I have been struggling lately and I really appreciate the prayer. I am definitely feeling better today, I am sure your prayers are helping. God bless, Vicki

  3. Very well said Vicki. I do feel like this too and aim to follow Mary’s example instead of Martha’s. It can be challenging though….

    • Lina, Thank you for commenting, it’s always lovely to hear feedback on my posts 😊. It’s comforting to know I’m not the only one struggling in this area. I pray that God will help you too, to find rest at His feet. God bless, Vicki

  4. Janet O'Neill says:

    Well done Vicky. He is our strength. Isaiah 40:31 – But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

  5. Lorraine [Laurie] Everitt says:

    You are so gifted at putting it all into words, Vicki. You remind us all of what we need to do first. We do need a nudge in the right direction every day. x

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