This year, our family has experienced great loss. My husband lost a father a few months ago and a son two weeks ago. Have you experienced the loss of a loved one, a job, or a home this year?
As a result of such a loss, have you prayed a prayer like this…?
“How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day?” (Psalm 13:2-4, ESV) “I am worn out from sobbing. All night I flood my bed with weeping, drenching it with my tears. My vision is blurred by grief; my eyes are worn out.” (Psalm 6:6-7, NLT)
I’ve prayed this prayer more times than I care to admit. I’ve sobbed at stop lights, faked smiles, and said “I’m okay,” even when I’m not.
Like the author of Psalm 6, have you ever cried so hard your eyes hurt? Has grief blurred your vision to the extent you couldn’t see Jesus through the haze of sadness?
Weariness depletes our energy
When our bodies become physically worn out, our souls become spiritually worn out. The Bible says grief sneaks up and robs us of strength. Grief empties our energy, takes over, and completely wears us out.
Our reply: I’m not strong enough to handle this.
God’s response: You don’t have to be.
When we are physically exhausted and spiritually weary, we need to…
Run to Him;
Wait on Him;
Focus on Him; and
We rest in Him (instead of wearing ourselves out more by asking “Why?”)
“For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.” (Jeremiah 31:25, ESV)
We can’t find rest on our own. According to Jeremiah, God is the only one who can satisfy and replenish a weary soul. He is our only source of help. No matter how strong we think we are, we will never be strong enough. We need God.
Putting faith into action
When the dense fog of spiritual weariness covers us, we must act before we rest. First we act– we wait, we look, and we find. Once we draw near to God, he gives the rest we need. The result– replenished strength, refreshed energy, and a renewed spirit.
I’m not saying the pain instantly disappears. But, we must make the decision to get up every morning, put one foot in front of the other, and honor God in the midst of our pain.
Sweet friends if you are weary today, get to Jesus. He is the oxygen our soul gasps for. We will suffocate without it.
I know one thing’s for sure, God cares about his baby girls. He knows when we hurt and why we hurt. He cares so much that he made a promise to weary women everywhere. He WILL turn pain into possibility, hope into a future, and toil into triumph.
Remember, God is in the miracle business where all things are possible! “Don’t be sad for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10)