When exhausted is the only word you know,
When you’re exhausted physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually everything seems that way. I mean that when you’re exhausted to that extent every part of your life seems burnt out. Rest easy, you’re not alone. Whatever you’re going through, whether it’s loss, pain, stress or any trial rest in the promise of peace. One of my favorite verses is found in Revelation and it says:
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:4-5
All of this stuff is temporary, all of these trials and tribulations will come to an end. It might not be tomorrow but He is making all things new, there will someday be no more pain.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, right now is one of the most spiritually challenging times that I’ve been through. There’s a lot going on in my life, a lot of stuff I’m trying to figure out and a lot of stuff I’m struggling with both on the spiritual and emotional fronts. I’m drained. I’m worn out. I’m beaten down but in this, I am growing. Though right now it seems like these trials will never end, I know enough to see the light at the end. I’m blessed, I’m surrounded by people that are wholly interested in my wellbeing, my spiritual growth, and my emotional health. I’m not left alone, not by those I love or by God. I’m learning to be grateful for God’s plan even when I don’t like it, I’m learning to trust God even when I can’t understand why this burden is on me. But our situations, our burdens turn into God’s miracles. See, there’s this thing in the Bible where God uses these broken, messy, imperfect people with great burden and great sin and turns them into His servants. Let’s change the world, step into other’s messiness, into other’s hurt and show them Jesus’ love. I can’t stress enough the value in a friend that cares enough to share in your hurt, who steps into a situation that nobody should have to deal with. I can’t argue enough the importance of friends that show a Jesus-like love when you have those not so good times in life. Invest in the spiritual welfare of your neighbors (Anyone who is hurting, not just your friends and not just believers). Enter into the messiness and LOVE.
Don’t feel like a terrible human if you need to step back from a tiring relationship for awhile. You are important too. Our main goal here on earth is to share the Gospel but sometimes you need to slow down. Don’t wear yourself so thin that your relationship with Christ is being torn apart. The Bible says, first, love God and second, love one another. Make sure you have a solid foundation in Jesus because to share His kingdom, you need to be all in it.
I’m going to be honest here, I’m struggling. There are days when I don’t think I’ll get through the week. Some days suck, some days I can’t see the light at the end. Then there come days where I can’t believe how blessed I am, my heart swells with love for Jesus and people and life. I’m trying to mix those two together. I want to praise God even through those stormy days and I want to praise God through those sunny days. Because that’s a promise we have in Christ, never ending, never failing, always constant love. We aren’t very good at that kind of love but we should strive for it because we should strive to look like Him. Remember that even on those hard days, in Christ we have something greater than anything. The only advice I can give is to pray, unceasingly, for and about everything and everyone, and continuously. In my journey to find this mixture I’ve referenced this verse a lot, it’s found in James and is says:
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” James 1:2-3
Notice it says count it ALL joy. All of those trials and struggles you’re facing are helping you grow. My favorite word in this verse is the word ‘steadfast’. A few months back, my youth pastor shared with me this word when I had been upset one night after youth group because I was overwhelmed and stuff was going on in my life. He said that God had put it on his heart for me to hear. At first I was a little confused so I looked it up and steadfast means; Resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering; Now, months later, in these moments of trial, this word ‘steadfast’ pops into my head. Through everything I’m walking through, it is important to remain unwavering in my walk with Christ, and it’s become just as much of a reminder of my own strength.
So, when you’re so exhausted that you’re crying, rest in knowing that Christ renews our strength when we wait for Him, He restores our energy, and our passion and allows us to run without getting weary. Right now I’m tired beyond belief, I can barely keep my eyes open, with no sleep in sight, my body aches, my mind is on overdrive, my schedule is a jumbled mess, and my heart feels like it might explode but I’m so in love with Jesus. I’m so thankful, I’m so blessed. I’m where I am, going through what I am because HE put me here. So for that, I’m doing okay, I’m surrounded by people who love me and a world with endless opportunity and I’m walking through some stuff and I’m struggling a little but I’m still walking and above all, I’m loved by the maker of the universe. Take a deep breath, get some rest, take a break if you need to, PRAY and ask for prayer, and remember to thank God for the blessings. I can’t put an amount on the power of prayer. You’ll be just fine.