Thursday, January 8, 2009

Zombie Woman

Remember the part of TOY STORY where Buzz Lightyear is petting slinky dog and Woody pushes his fanny off the bed, his slinky body following downward? That's what I feel like some days, my hind quarters dragging and the rest of me starting to follow. After late night visits to the ER or being up with your child, days can be especially trying. Some days I feel like Zombie Woman, walking around in a fog, bumping into the walls of life. In fact, I have another special needs mom whom I've affectionately named "my sleep sister". All I have to do is call her and notify her that I didn't get my 8 hours last night and she can empathize immediately with my exhausted state.

While I often feel like I'm falling short because of my lack of stamina, my Savior has mercy on me. "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest," Jesus comforts. (Matthew 11:28) I'm grateful that the Lord loves me even if I am a Zombie Woman. The same Savior that came and walked amongst us for 33 years understands our overload! The same Jesus of the New Testament is the encouraging Word of the Old Testament, saying in Isaiah 40:29-31, "He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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."

God knows that you are carrying that extra weight by dealing with the daily challenges of parenting His special child. Don't feel guilty about the additional "time out" you may need to recharge your battery! He has mercy, love and replenishment enough to put you back on your feet again. Soon you'll be transformed from "Zombie Woman" to "Steady Betty"!

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