It’s been a rough week. If you’ve been watching the news, or at least read up on the latest COVID protocols, you’re probably feeling a bit like me: exhausted.
As I write these words, I find myself in this constant rhythm of typing then backspacing. Typing then backspacing. More typing. More backspacing.
Because it’s hard to find the words to truly describe how we’re feeling when we’re struggling to even just process all the headlines from today. From the past few months. Since 2020.
But I’m a Christian, so I know He wants to give me rest. That His yoke is easy, and His burden is light. Even though I hold that as Truth and know those words came with a lifetime guarantee, I still feel sad and exhausted by everything that’s happening in the world. And that’s ok.
What sets us apart from those who don’t believe isn’t the knowing. It’s the believing. What sets us apart from nonbelievers is that we believe.
I can feel sad and disheartened by current events, but believe that joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). I can feel afraid by the unknown, but believe that the Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; that He will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:8). I can feel exhausted by how long this is taking, but believe He will sustain me (Isaiah 46:4).
Like the action of typing then backspacing. It’s a dance I get to participate in with the One I believe in, my Heavenly Father. To be enveloped in His rhythms of grace rather than be lost in a trance with the world’s never ending list of issues, though that would be easier to do.
What also sets us apart is that we believe, and we take action on that belief. We may type, backspace, and type again. But then we hit enter and submit.
- We move forward trusting that the Lord is already at work.
- We answer His call to serve in the areas where we can be part of the solution.
- We share the hope we have in Him with others who need it. Who need Him.
And we keep on praying because it keeps us in constant connection with the only one who provides peace that surpasses understanding (Philippians 4:6).
Though I always need to remind myself of this, I’ve learned that these worldly things are prayer ammo. They bring me into His presence where I find more than just solace; I find Him. Because let’s be honest, how much time do you really spend in His house when things are going right compared to when they’re not? I need these moments of weakness to remember I need Him.
“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.” Psalm 84:10