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Psalm 127:1-2
Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows ("anxiety"); For so He gives His beloved sleep.

I was reading in the OT today about Solomon building the temple (1 Kings 5&6). then the sheduled psalm for the day is one of the two credited to Solomon in the whole book. And it's talking about building a house - a house for God. About watching over a community. About overwork and anxiety. All of it has to do with the futility of man's efforts alone, without God's involvement.

I was listening to Ralph Moore's tape of the plenary session from convention last week. He described his personal meltdown. Unable to sleep, fearful of everything, and working hard just to even function on a somewhat normal but impaired level. It is scary what happens when we are "doing" without God. No amount of hard work or attention can prevent the pressure of life from consuming you. Stress becomes the only way you know how to function. I'm fearful that I and Jayme have gone too far down this road. There is no nourishment in adrenaline. There is no rest from the burden of expectations. There is no grace in our good works unless...He is building, He is watching, He is giving.

The words of Jesus are left ringing in my ears: "I will build my church..." "Why do you worry?..."

Lord, I want to sleep. Not literally. But I do want to live in such a way that I have released my today to You and trust You for tomorrow. You build, and I'll work. You guard and I'll keep watch.

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