Put Your Apron On

Do you have an apron? Is it something that you use regularly?

I have an apron and I pull it out occasionally, more often when I am in between appointments and need to work in the kitchen.

I remember reading about a woman who probably wore an apron every day. Her name was Susanna Wesley, she was the last child out of 25. She bore 19 children, all except 10 died in infancy. Susanna is more known for her two sons, John and Charles Wesley. 

It is said that John preached to nearly a million people throughout his lifetime and his brother Charles wrote over 8,989 hymns.

Susanna had her hands full with her children, as well as dealing with her own bouts of sickness. They barely had the money for food, debt plagued them, their house burnt to the ground, not once but twice, causing them to lose everything they owned.  She wrote, “It is certainly true that I have had large experiences of what the world calls adverse fortune. . .       .” (McReynolds, K (1998) Susanna Wesley)

Find Your Strength

Yet in spite of all this, Susanna found strength in the Lord. 

“Blessed are those whose strength is in you.” (Psalm 84:5)

Susanna would meet with her children on an individual basis, she would talk with them about the condition of their soul and their commitment to Christ. If they had questions about their faith, she would do her best to respond to them. 

She had determined in her heart that in her zeal to see the salvation of souls, she would begin with her own children. She wrote to her husband while he was away, “. . . if I were inspired with a true zeal for his glory, and did really desire the salvation of souls, I might do somewhat more. I thought I may live in a more exemplary manner in some things; I might pray more for the people, and speak with more warmth to those with whom I have the opportunity of conversing. However, I resolved to begin with my own children;” (McReynolds, K (1998) Susanna Wesley)

Put Your Apron On

It is said that Susanna would oftentimes be seen sitting down, her Bible in her lap and her apron over her head, this was a signal to her children that she was in prayer and should not be disturbed. She was faithful to carving out time in prayer and studying the Word of God because she knew that was where she would gather strength and wisdom. She had found a place to rest.

It’s so easy to get caught up with the demands of our daily lives, juggling our responsibilities, making ends meet, putting food on the table that we forget or neglect what is truly important. 

We need to make our relationship with Jesus a priority so that we can carry out our tasks at hand effectively. I’m sure that you have heard the saying, “you can’t pour from an empty cup”, as cliche as that might sound, I have to agree. 

Fill your cup first my friend, throw that apron over your head if you have to, hide in the bathroom for a few mins, lay in bed a bit longer. Draw your strength from the Lord, find the wisdom, the knowledge all that you need in Him.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Rest. properly, to give (experience) rest after the needed task is completed; to pause (rest) “after precious toil and care” (Vine/Unger, White, NT).

Jesus extends the invitation to come to Him, to experience a refreshing, to pause from our precious toil and care. 

Fill Your Cup First

Luke 5:16 says, But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”

In Mark 1:35, we see another time where Jesus withdrew. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 

To cope with the demands of life, we need time alone so we can allow our brains to reboot and function optimally.

We may not always have that “quiet place to rest”, we can’t physically withdraw to a solitary place to pray but like Susanna, we can figure out a way to enter into His presence. She found what she needed in His presence. So can we.

So above all, constantly seek God’s kingdom and his righteousness, then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. (Matthew 6:33)

Shayr wid yo frens

6 thoughts on “Put Your Apron On”

  1. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

    Resting amidst chaos is a virtue only accessible through Christ. After all He is the one that says, “My peace I leave with you…”

  2. Andrea, what an inspiration Susanna Wesley was. Thank you for sharing her story. I love how she would place her apron over her head and that was her meeting place with God. That is where she came to find refuge under the shadow of God’s wing. Her son Charles Wesley wrote in one of his hymns, Jesus, Lover of My Soul” published in 1740,
    Other refuge have I none,
    Hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
    Leave, ah! leave me not alone,
    Still support and comfort me.
    All my trust on Thee is stayed,
    All my help from Thee I bring;
    Cover my defenseless head with the shadow of Thy wing.

    I wonder if he had his mom in mind of when she would cover her defenseless head with her apron as she communed with God.

    Psalm 36:7

  3. This is truly a foundational message and exhortation for me. The tune I have been hearing for quite a while and none-the-less timely and profound.

    May God’s grace continue to abound to you to exhort Andrea!

  4. I love her story! It serves as a reminder that we are not too busy to devote time to study the Word and pray.

    I have found refuge in the bathroom at the gym. I go there to pray and get my heart and mind refocused on Him.

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