“by Himself alone”
I’ve given this a lot of thought. And I’ve become convinced. In my own mind.
Which is really all that matters, of course.
At least to me…
I discussed it at length with the Apple of my Eye, and he’s less convinced. But that’s okay, cuz it doesn’t matter as much to him. It’s important to me.
The matter came up after a conversation with a friend that absolutely drained me. It was a pleasant enough conversation, but that sometimes doesn’t matter. Often the conversation itself is enough work. And sometimes I struggle with doing things I don’t want to, but know I have to. I mean, I know that’s true for all of us, but sometimes I’m talking about just being pleasant to someone when I’d rather curl up under a blanket in my comfy chair.
Anyhow, I was thinking about this, praying to be stronger and to think of others when I thought about Hebrews 4:15, one of the most interesting verses in the Bible ~ “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
I find this verse interesting because I love to try to challenge it in a way. “Really? Tempted as we are in all points? All??” But every time I start to think, “Nope, He doesn’t understand this circumstance.” But then I realize He does. Like, I might think Jesus couldn’t possibly understand labor pains. Well, no, but who understands pain better? Maybe even back pain, like I suffered during labor.
So it’s not that far-fetched for me to believe that He knows what it’s like to be an introvert. Scripture tells us several times that He went to quiet places, or took an opportunity to get away from the crowds. Was that because He was exhausted from healing, serving, teaching and loving? Probably. But maybe, just maybe, it’s because He felt drained from interaction, and He just needed to read for awhile.
I believe He understands all of who I am. He created me, after all. And I am made in His image. And that’s why it gives me such peace to believe that He was an introvert, too. And truly, whether He was or not, He gets me, just the same. More’s the joy.
~ “the joy of the Lord is your strength” ~