I was sitting at a conference just a few weeks ago, enjoying the fellowship and the message, when this feeling hit me. After weeks, even months, of planning for the conference, after months of traveling up and down the state, after years of living life, raising a family, serving in church, working a job, and all that comes with life in general, I realized that I was worn out. It was more mental than physical, but it was there nonetheless. I was beginning to experience a spiritual valley, a low battery.
Many times in life, we get beat up, tossed around, hurt, confused, depressed, worn out and just plain tired. We may think that we have no right to feel this way. We may try to hide our hurts and feelings. We may feel guilty for being tired and worn out. But the reality is that we are imperfect creatures. We have good days and bad. We have energy then we have none. We are able to face the biggest obstacles on one day and on others the smallest bump unravels our entire being.
I have to say that it’s okay to be worn out. It’s okay to get tired. It’s okay to struggle. After all, we are only human. But we don’t have to stay there. We have a heavenly Father who seeks to lift us up. Our God wants us to turn to Him in our tough times, in our broken times, in our worn out times. Consider the words of the prophet in Isaiah 40:
28 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.
29 He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
Although I sat at that conference realizing I was worn out, I knew that The Lord was there. I knew that He is faithful to His children. I knew that in His time, He would renew my strength and send me on to do His will. As I considered my spiritual fatigue, I was encouraged to know that God delights in my weaknesses because He would be glorified by His work in me. I praise God for my time in the spiritual valley. He is good. He is faithful. He is still, and evermore, God.
We were never meant to go through this life, with all of its bumps and bruises, apart from the Creator. We tend to panic when our cell phone batteries get low. We know that we must plug into a power source to sustain it. Well, we must remember that The Lord is our strength when our own has failed. Let us remember to plug into Him and wait on Him in our time of need.