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Because it’s been such a strange weather season in the Sierra Foothills where I live, the plants have had a difficult time knowing when to come out, but the weeds don’t seem to have that trouble at all. They are everywhere.

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Around my little cottage, A.K.A. my little shoebox, is a large area that I have to weed whack twice a year. Once when everything starts growing in the spring, then once just before summer when everything has turned a golden brown.

Usually this isn’t an issue. I just do the front yard in one day, and the back yard the next. Then a few weeks later, I do it all again. But, this year, I look at the whole expanse that needs to be done, and it just makes me tired.

I realized this after I dropped my son off at school and pulled the truck in the back of the house. The weeds – that look a little like wheat quite frankly, so they’re not unattractive, just tall – where way taller than they should be. As I sat scanning the yard, looking at them and how tall they are, I realized that I had only done one quadrant of one days work about two weeks ago.

That’s about 1/8 of the acre that needs to be done. In short, not a lot.

It felt like a heavy weight slowly oozed through me as I sat there trying to figure out when I would be able to squeeze in the time to get out the weed whacker and actually tackle them. Then it sunk in that not only did I not have time for another two weeks, but, I was just too tired to do it.

Sometime that’s just what happens in our live isn’t it? We have a task that we know needs to be done, something we’ve done without an issue for years, when all of a sudden it’s just overwhelming. We realize for whatever reason, we just are too tired to tackle it. Then on top of that comes the sense we’ve got such a long way to go to get it done, that doing it seems like an impossibility.

We can get to that spot in a lot of different ways, maybe your workload has become heavier, or there’s been a change in your lifestyle, or your child is transitioning to another level of life, or your parents are. No matter what the change may be, when added to the current load of life, it all of a sudden becomes more than we can handle.

It’s kind of like the old story about the straw that broke the camels back.

But, as children of the Great I Am, we are not called to handle these things on our own. He makes all things possible as we look at Him, not at our current impossibility. He will make a way for us, we just need to trust Him to do it. And, He’ll help us with that too.

“I am the LORD, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?”

Jeremiah 32:27

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2012 Calendar, sized as A4 page

18 days until the end of school.

The school year is winding down and the countdown to summer has begun. My son knows the exact count better than I, but it’s about 18 days until he is done with school.

And, I can really tell.

Focus problem

Typically my son is a pretty conscientious student, but lately trying to get him to focus has been a chore of monumental proportions. It’s like there’s some sort of unseen principal at work that states the closer the end is, the less likely that any work gets done. The problem with this, is that there is still work to do to maintain a decent grade in any given subject.

I was talking about this to a teacher friend of mine, and she said she sees what’s going on with my son all the time. It’s like students just want to stop before they reach the end of the year.

Finish line phenomena

She said she not only sees this propensity to stop before they get to the end when it comes to the academic school year, but she’s seen it during sports events too. To illustrate this too common phenomenon, she told me a story about a time when she was helping time kids who running track during PE.

There she was, holding the stop watch in order to time each one of them. Most of the students got off to a good start, but then something really odd happened just as they were coming down the home stretch to get to the finish line. Many of them just slowed down, and not only slowed down, but started to dawdle their way toward the end, with some of them actually turning off the track to get water or just sitting down.


Counting down the seconds until the finish line.

She said she couldn’t believe her eyes, there she was still holding the stop watch as the seconds ticked by because the timer didn’t stop just because they did, finally she did the only thing she could think of to get their attention so they would finish.

She yelled. “Go! Go! Go! Keep on going!”

That startled some of them into action, but she didn’t have to yell at them only once, she had to continue until they crossed the finish line.

Continual prodding

I very often feel like that with all the prodding I’m doing with my own son as the school year winds down. And, my friend’s story also made me think of the Apostle Paul and what he wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4 about finishing the race.

No matter who we are, many times we’ve had the experience of just nearing the finish line and feeling like we just can’t quite make it. So, we slow down, we dawdle, we stop for a drink of water, or we just sit down. When we get to that spot, a lot of times we just lose focus, and many times don’t even know that we do because we just can’t see the finish line any longer.

It’s a good thing we have a LORD who not only sees the finish line, but has made the commitment to get us across it, even if that means taking drastic measures to get our attention, or incurring us across it Himself.

“The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”

1 Thessalonians 5:24

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