Psalm 34:8

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8

Friday, July 1, 2016

When Fatigue Sets In

I. Am. Tired.  Anyone else?

We are mid-way through our year here at GSCA, and while classes are going well and there are plenty of reasons to celebrate, I can't seem to muster the energy!  Do you know the feeling?

You sit in a meeting / class / social gathering and you think,

Where did all of my energy go?

I wish I could be my “normal” self.

If I were laying in bed right now, I'd be dead-asleep in exactly 21.4 seconds.

I'm burnt out, yet I feel this pressure to be energetic and bubbly and lively – to slap that angry resting-face off my head and smile the heck out of this day!

(Side note: If you ever see me wearing what looks like a frown, fight the urge to run away in fear! I don't hate you – that's probably just the exhaustion behind my eyes.)

Am I the only one wondering why I feel this way? There's nothing wrong. I am content. I love where I am, and I love the people I am with. But I am just … drained.

These “drainy” seasons come every now and again, and I take them as my reminder to slow down and rest. That's not as easy as it sounds, though, is it? In fact, the decision to rest and re-charge can feel very selfish, considering that I live on the campus of a Children's Home which houses 90+ kids who yearn for love and attention.

But you know what? This tiredness will pass as it always does. In a few days I'll feel better. My laugh will be genuine and the smile on my face will be a natural one. 

Until then, I'll take this cue. Instead of resting from the work, I'll work from a place of rest.

I'll spend this time with my Lord who knows my heart and knows my need for a deeper relationship with him. And he will fill me, as he always does, with his perfect, perfect peace.