Five words were impressed on my heart yesterday as I reflected on the effects of the pandemic and the seeming suspension of time and certainty. We’re several weeks in with an unknown number of weeks ahead. We’re working, learning, and connecting from home. Our job descriptions have grown to include things like teacher,caregiver, and IT specialist. For many of us, our workdays don’t have a solid beginning and end, so you may feel like it’s been one long work day since this all began. Good habits and healthy rhythms (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) have been tested and disrupted. Maybe you’ve got it all together and I’m only talking about myself… I certainly hope that’s the case. But if not, you may be floundering and looking for somewhere solid to plant your feet.
Those five words? “Press in and press on.” Jesus tells the weary and the heavy-laden to come to Him, for His yoke is easy and His burden light. By yoking ourselves to Jesus, we are able to move forward even when our legs and our spirits are weak. By pressing in to the goodness and graciousness of God, we are restored and renewed. It is our reliance on Him–rather than any greatness we can conjure within ourselves–that allows us to persevere.
To press in and press on also helps us move beyond our stuckness of resting on past successes or wallowing in our failures. When our identity is found in Him, we have the humility and grace to think rightly of ourselves. Right now, many of us may be struggling to give ourselves grace for not doing everything well. Maybe the “quarantine life” is magnifying and exacerbating already existing anxieties, worries, and weaknesses. May you take to heart the words of Jesus to the apostle Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you,” and then trust Him with your burdens and cares. Together with Christ, let us press in and press on.