Are you feeling tired?
I know it’s a new day and I should probably be saying, “Let’s do this day!” like I’ll occasionally write as my Facebook status update. Some mornings, I’m ready to conquer the world, but other times I’m just plain tired and anything I accomplish on those days would prove to be nothing short of a miracle. I think you may know what I mean. We all have these days. Sometimes, they turn into weeks and even months, leading to an unfortunate downward spiral. So let’s talk. How do you deal with your fatigue?
Just yesterday, I spoke to someone who was struggling with this exact feeling. Fatigue, funk, call it what you will, it doesn’t feel so great. Especially if you feel like others around you are accomplishing much and you’re left sitting there wishing you could get out of bed. When my first couple of babies were young, I couldn’t believe the fatigue I felt. I wondered if I would ever feel rested again or inspired to do anything more than meet their immediate needs. I still feel that some days. I’ve learned that my fatigue is a natural part of life, especially during certain seasons. It forces me to consider my frailty and pushes me to depend on God.
Consider the heart of a King in Psalm 23. Talk about accomplished! But, even he felt weary.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
Sometimes the best thing you can do when you’re tired is go on a walk by yourself, or sit by a lake you enjoy. If you’re like me, you’ll go on a run or a quiet drive and ask the Lord to refresh you. These are some of my favorite times. I ask the Lord to meet with me there and you know, He always does! Whichever avenue you choose, the fact is that being by yourself in nature can allow you to gain great refreshment from the Lord that you just may not be able to get within the walls of your home. Try it. You just might be surprised. And while the problems that might be causing your fatigue don’t wash away by the still waters, your perspective about them might.
He restores my soul…