Deedra Scherm is a wife and parent with tremendous creativity and a sense of adventure. As she explains in this Spiritual Growth UPGRADE, sometimes the challenges in our lives need some help from outside.
“A biblical man helped me with my laundry,” Deedra said, “and some other life challenges too!”
When I (Dawn) read that statement, I wondered who that "biblical man" might be! But knowing Deedra, I knew I was about to get a valuable lesson.
Deedra continues . . .
So the other day the dryer broke. And perhaps it wouldn't have been so bad if I was already caught up with the laundry loads, but I'd let a few days slip by.
The repair part was quickly put on order. It would be almost a week before it arrived and my husband and youngest son watched the youtube video that helped them take it apart and put that glorious contraption back together.
And then washing began. There were clothes everywhere . . . lined up in the hall next to the laundry room, folded over the backs of every chair and spread over every couch, sitting outside the doors of the boys' room, and across every bed.
Of course, while focusing on the piles of laundry, I sort of neglected other housekeeping items like vacuuming, dusting and dishes. My house was a mess. Y'all, it was a "if-child-protectective-services-came-for-a-visit-they-might-take-your-kids-away" mess.
I know it's just supposed to be laundry but I just WANTED. TO. STOP.
I was tired and feeling like a mom who didn't even know how to keep her house clean for her kids and family! Other people don't live like this, right? It's just laundry!
Do you ever feel like that in other areas of your life? I do. I often battle with knowing what things I think I should do and then actually being able to do them. Whether it's cleaning the house, eating better, exercising more, preparing my kids, or excelling creatively in my work. Maybe I'm just too old, or too tired, or just inadequate to tackle the job in front of me.
I asked God to show me what I needed to learn in this area. And then I started to read and learn more about a man in the Bible who seemed to know how to "clean house."
Caleb was this guy who, when everyone else around him seemed to have trouble moving forward, he didn't. When there was something to be done, he could.
The problems of fear and fatigue and inadequacy didn't seem to slow him—even when he might have had reasons to fall back on those things. Yep. That's what I want.
So this is what I found:
Caleb believed that when God calls, He provides.
That's it. Just fully believing that when God calls, He provides.
The story of Caleb inspires me. I saw this theme through the story of Caleb's life. I saw him facing and overcoming some of the feelings I face.
I've been applying Caleb's example to my life, and have discovered when God calls me to do something and I fully trust Him to provide, three things are true:
1) Trust Dulls the Fear of Failure.
In Exodus, when the Israelites were freed from slavery and headed to the land they had been promised, a group went in and reported back about the land. Most all of the men felt they couldn't go in because of the "giants" there. They were afraid. But Caleb knew God was with them. He told the people, "do not be afraid" (Numbers 14:9).
Caleb fully trusted God and that gave him the ability to move forward . . . without anxiety.
2) Trust Lessens the Fight of Fatigue.
After the people entered the Promised Land, the land was divided up among the twelve tribes. Caleb— who was over 80 years old!—was given land that still had enemies Israel needed to drive out. Knowing this was God's calling, Caleb said, "I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then" (Joshua 14:11).
Caleb fully trusted God and that gave him the strength to move forward . . . without being weary.
3) Trust Dissolves the Frenzy of Feeling Inadequate.
Caleb could have looked around and compared himself to others, but he didn't need to. He already knew he was "different" and there was no need to compare.
God said, "Caleb has a different spirit and follows Me wholeheartedly" (Numbers 14:24).
It's because of that difference Caleb inherited the land and was able to drive out the enemies—which, by the way, none of the others were able to do.
Caleb fully trusted God and that gave him the ability to move forward . . . without feeling less-than.
Caleb went wholeheartedly into the land and drove out the enemy. If the others had cleaned out their land as God asked, they would have had security and peace.
Is there a place in your life that needs some attention or cleaning up? A place you have neglected? Maybe God has put on your heart a relationship that needs to be addressed. Perhaps it's a change in your work or a book that needs writing. Maybe it's a habit that needs breaking, or forgiveness that needs giving.
What has God called you to do but fear, fatigue or comparison has kept you from moving forward?
Don't look around at others, look up to God.
Make a decision today to wholeheartedly trust God, believing, "If He calls, He will provide." Just like He did for Caleb. Set your eyes on God, and trust that He will give you strength.
Even if you are floating on a sea of dirty laundry.
Did you identify an area of your life that needs some attention?
Deedra Scherm lives in Dallas with her husband and three boys. Between homeschooling and writing, she’s on constant watch for “parents night out” so she and her hubby can get one of those things called a date night. You can find Deedra’s bestselling book, The ABC Bible Verse Book, and other books and DVDs at lemonvision.com or amazon.com.