Friday, April 9, 2010

Respite

Have you ever used a word for a long time and then realized that maybe you didn't exactly know what it meant. Lately, I have been asking the Lord for respite- from financial struggle, from parenting frustration, from (insert any earthly toils here). In hindsight, I have been using the word A LOT and maybe (probably) in the same whiny sort of tone that I correct my children from using. I knew it meant something along the lines of relief, but this morning, I was composing an email to a sweet lady in our care group and I decided I needed to look it up before I used it with her. This is what I found on dictionary.com .

res·pite   /ˈrɛspɪt/ [res-pit] noun, verb,-pit·ed, -pit·ing. –noun

1.a delay or cessation for a time, esp. of anything distressing or trying; an interval of relief: to toil without respite.

2.temporary suspension of the execution of a person condemned to death; reprieve.

Read definition #1. OK. I was right. Then I read definition #2. It was then that I heard that still, small voice, "You, my child, are not condemned to death!" I repeated it out loud, "I am NOT condemned to DEATH!!" Although there are times when we find ourselves asking the Lord for much needed break from struggles, it was like icy cold water for a parched heart this morning to read that and realize that I do not need "temporary suspension of the execution of a person condemned to death". My reprieve has been bought by the blood of my Savior on the cross and it will not be temporary it will be FOR ALL ETERNITY. Doesn't that make you want to dance?!?!?! Hallelujah!

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*This video is from a couple of years ago, but oh, so precious.

2 comments:

Sue Lorenz said...

Yes that is oh so Awesome! And knowing that makes these earthly toils be put back in perspective- temporary, momentary. 2 Cor.4:17"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all."

Dan said...

mmmm.... your speakin to my heart lady!!!

Thanks for sharing. I can't wait for the day in a few years when you're able to look back and read this and reflect on this time with the luxury of hindsight and also of having been through it and on the other side.
what a sweet time that will be... although you may read this and realize this was a sweet time... perhaps even long for this sweet time of your life.

Praying for you.

~ Case'