It was one of those days! As I reflect, there are so many things I could write about and share, good things, spiritual things, funny things and sad things. But one of the things that has been on my mind the most, as I reflect on yesterday, is a short 10 to 15 minute visit I had with a friend. He is exhausted. There are clear and understandable reasons behind his exhaustion. I have been there and I do not like it! I am not talking about the exhaustion from digging a ditch or working hard at my job. I talking about mental exhaustion caused by events or things that are really out of your control.
The Bible states in Jeremiah 31:25, “For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.” Ok, God, that is great – just hurry up! Wait, it should be “Ok, just hurry up, please!” When I get to the end of my rope and feel as though I cannot go another step and the options seem to be zero. I want God to hurry up! I want relief, but I have learned it does not come as fast as I desire. But I have learned a couple of other things.
Find a friend – not the kind that will preach to you, but one that will listen. I am so thankful that in my lowest moments – He has proved me with a great friend that cared and listened.
Be quiet – Keep talking and doing the necessary things but find a few minutes to simply be quiet – without people, phone or computers.
Be willing to cry – even if you are a “real man”. In one of my darkest moments I found myself alone in a dark room, in the middle of the night, on my knees trying to pray, and broke down and wept. And honestly – I felt so much better after that time with God and tears.
Don’t listen to everybody – even though everyone has an idea and opinion– they cannot feel your pain or understand your exhaustion.
Don’t forget you’re loved – for that realization will comfort you in the quiet times.
God cares and He is teaching you as you feel that you cannot walk another step – and He will (contrary to popular belief) allow more to be laid on you than you can handle – for then – you will learn to lean on Him and others as never before, and you will grow through it all.
Gene Vincent is the Pastor of Beechland Baptist Church: 351 Beechland Road, Lewisburg, KY 42256