Originally published Sunday, 05 May 2013.
(I don’t have a child but I am slightly resembling this guy at the moment).
Wow, it has been TOO long!
I’m sorry (not like it wrecked your life or anything) that I completely dropped off the face of the planet there for a while. And just so I can feel better about my absence, I must tell all my readers that I have been out of town for my sister’s wedding.
Previous to that, I was in San Diego for my best friend’s wedding.
And before THAT, I was in South Carolina for my sister’s bachelorette weekend.
Call me Dora the Explorer.
Seriously though, I am straight EXHAUSTED.
I am kind of at that point where if someone walked into my apartment right now, I would probably mumble to ask them to please get out and if they didn’t listen, they could probably steal my TV and a few other items before I had the energy to do anything.
Have you ever felt that way?
Not just because of physical circumstances but you are just completely out of fuel- emotionally and mentally tired beyond belief?
Maybe a little spiritually depleted too?
And then when you are exhausted, you feel insecure? Or more vulnerable?
Things that wouldn’t necessarily bother you before are getting to you now because you are sensitive and you don’t even know it?
(For example: Someone tells you that you are using the napkin the wrong way and IT HURTS YOUR FEELINGS. True story. Happened to me. Ridiculousness.)
You react to situations with a more defensive attitude, feeling impatient or angry or just annoyed easier?
I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND.
I think we all do.
Despite what we act like sometimes, we are only capable of traveling so far without needing to refuel.
I have been reminded of two very important things this morning:
I am weak.
He is strong.
Not only have I needed Jesus to help me get my mind and head right, but I truly needed him to insert an IV of energy in me this week!
AND HE HAS!
Being reminded of your weakness is not a bad thing. It is not a personal message that you are not good enough.
Rather, being reminded of your weakness is a call to be intimate with your Creator
It is a personal message that you were never good enough and you will never be good enough without Him but through His grace, you can continue to run the race of life.
Maybe we should stop seeing our times of tire and trial as rough patches that we just want to pass through.
Maybe we should relish those times; sit and dwell in the fact that DESPITE ourselves, despite our inabilities and inadequacies, our God makes us strong.
He gives us energy for the day.
He prepares our body for the ride.
He sustains our mind with peace.
He restores our soul with confidence.
He reminds our spirit of who we are in Him.
He prepares our heart and wraps it over and over in love.
He nourishes our entire being and makes what was dead come alive.
Are you tired? Exhausted? Drained and just ready to take a nap and call it quits?
I encourage you to cherish this time! It is not one of defeat but rather surrender to your daddy who can completely refill your tank.
Crank open His word and remind yourself of His promises for your life. They stand true in both times of exhaustion and excitement and everything in between.
Praying for your day, friends!!!
Put one step in front of the other. He will renew you!
I never thought I would say this, but I must say- I am thankful for an empty tank. It reminds me who refuels me.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.” -Isaiah 40:28