When Tired is Good
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?