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When Tired is Good

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Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart… –2 Corinthians 4:1

Since we’ve moved to the country, we stopped our membership to the YMCA. It’s so far and we weren’t sure when we’d use it so as of August 1, it disappeared into the mist.

And since we’ve been so busy, I haven’t had time to run like I normally would. Around here in August, there is no running outside in the late morning or early afternoon or sometimes even evening. It’s just too hot. But at the beginning of the week I decided to get up at 6 AM (okay, 6:08 AM) and go for a jog. I’ve been doing that all this week.

The first day though, I set a point at the end of our road (it’s a country road that dead-ends) that I was going to run to. From my house to the end of that road–check. I can do this.

What amazed me was the closer I got to the end, the more tired and protesting my muscles got. I was probably within 50 yards of making it to the end when my mind was screaming at me to just stop and walk. I’m stubborn though so I told myself to get a grip and kept running until I made it to the end.

It hit me then that this is where I’ve been spiritually.

We have certain struggles in our lives right now and everything within me has wanted to just stop. To maybe walk or take a break. To back off and back down. I may not have set the end for my current situation, but I do believe God was encouraging me in my running experience.

“You feel tired and overwhelmed–just hang on, son.
You think you can’t make it, but I know you can
because my grace is sufficient.”

2 Corinthians 4 goes on to say,

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. –2 Corinthians 4:7-10

Maybe you’re with me. You’re feeling tired and overwhelmed. You feel like maybe you can’t go on. That tiredness is actually a good sign of something God is bringing to completion. Press on into Him.

You don’t do that by working harder or pretending everything is fine when it’s not. You do that by experiencing Him–His hope, His power, His word, His life.

You may not understand it all, but keep moving. It’s not the time to give up or despair. It’s time to rely fully on grace as He reveals the treasure inside you.

How about you? Do you identify with the tiredness and overwhelmed feelings? Are you encouraged?

 

8 Comments

  1. “Press on into Him . . .”
    We must ever remember that we can lean on our all-powerful and loving Father when we are feeling weary or overwhelmed. He will give us the victory.
    Great thoughts here, Jason! Blessings!
    Martha Orlando recently posted..His Divine Nature Clearly SeenMy Profile

    • The pains and struggles seem so loud and overwhelming, but He is the victory and He gives that victory to us! Amen. Thanks so much, Martha.

  2. Jason, this song came instantly as I read your post.
    Thread Of Hope

    A woman needed healing from a dreaded disease
    Her money brought physicians but only Jesus could bring relief
    Though her last thread of hope was worn down to a strand
    Her heart held onto faith till she could touch Him with her hand

    Chorus
    .Cause when you’re hanging by a thread
    Still you can climb life mountains
    Though the cliffs are rough and jagged you can cope
    And when you slip and reach rope end
    You’ll touch the hem of his garment
    So don’t let go of the last thread of hope

    Now He see you hanging onto a frail and fragile faith
    Are you clinging to the rock, above a canyon of dismay
    Reach out for the life line, it will never break into
    Hold fast, don’t lose heart

    Our faith is built when we press on or press in when want to just stop because of weariness. Praying for you brother and your family.

    • Absolutely beautiful, Betty. This is so encouraging to me today. Thank you so much for sharing it. Blessings to you and I so appreciate the prayers.

  3. Tired and overwhelmed? That’s my middle name lately!! Yes, it’s been a tough year, and I am weary. But yes, Jason, your post has brought great encouragement to me today. It has reminded me once again of what God is doing in my life -- He is teaching me that at the end of my rope, there is a Savior who refuses to let go…

    And when I cannot hold on anymore, if I just cling to Him tighter, He grips me even stronger and pulls me through.

    I posted this week about a book that I’ve recently read that has really spoken deeply to my tired and overwhelmed feelings. “Shattered Dreams” by Larry Crabb. This book has opened my eyes to a new perspective on struggles and suffering.

    The grace of God is a great gift, and I am blessed to know how much I desire Him…

    GOD BLESS!
    Sharon recently posted..I’VE BEEN “BOOK-CLUBBED”My Profile

    • Amen. I’ll have to check out that book, Sharon. As many times as I learn the lesson, there is always room for more insight and understanding--and I tend to forget! Thank you and God bless you too.

  4. Wow, I needed this. Leaning on His all-sufficient grace. Thank you so much!
    Deb Wolf recently posted..One Word – GraceMy Profile

    • I’m always amazed how so many of us can be going through similar things at once. So glad you’re encouraged, Deb! Blessings to you.

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