What Wears Me Out
Tired creeps into my bones. Projects. Meetings. Frustrating reports that I have to do and re-do because the manual doesn’t give clear instructions. Grading papers. More meetings. Preparing for classes, but always just one step ahead of the students. Did I mention meetings? People wear me out.
Cold, dry days and freezing, dark nights march across the calendar. An occasional stunning sunrise breaks the monotony. Pink and gold fluffy sunsets yield no rain, though. The lawn has sprouted bald patches, and we wonder if sprinklers will revive it when the weather warms up.
The days between the merry and bright of Christmas and the rebirth of Easter seem to drag. The short days, cold weather, and relentless obligations ring a toll of tired over my head. Please tell me that you feel this way, too, sometimes.
I don’t often suffer from physical tiredness—but sometimes my soul feels tired. Exhausted emotions make me feel unable to cope. You know what I’m talking about. The kind of tired that threatens to steal our joy and lurks in dark corners taunting us.God doesn't promise to take away our circumstances, but he does promise to equip us to deal with them. #tired #hope Click To Tweet
The Perfect Prescription for Tired
1. Take your tired to Jesus. He promises to take our tired and to give us rest. “Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 NCV)
2. Don’t expect to find strength in yourself (that’s like expecting your coffee mug to refill itself—it can’t happen). God promises to give strength to the weary and to increase the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29
3. Ask for strength. When Nehemiah set out to do the impossible (rebuild the wall around Jerusalem), he felt tired and overwhelmed—not to mention mocked by naysayers. His prayer? “Now strengthen my hands.” (Nehemiah 6:9 NIV).
4. Seek God’s joy. When tired overwhelms you and makes you feel dejected, take time to dig into God’s word. “Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!” (Nehemiah 8:10 NIV)
5. Have an escape plan. Even Jesus had to get away once in a while with his closest companions during his ministry. “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” (Mark 6:31 NIV)
God can banish whatever attitudes sap your energy and makes you tired with a capital T. He doesn’t promise to take away our circumstances, but he does promise to equip us to deal with them.
Q4U: What makes you tired? As an introvert, people usually top my list, so I’d love to hear from others! How do you cope?