I have a confession to make, occasionally I get really tired, really tired. I’m talking tired emotionally, physically and yes, spiritually. Sometimes I get this way because Satan has been pounding on me. Other times it’s because I’m pushing myself to the limits, over-scheduling, or sometimes it’s simply because I’ve been giving all the spiritual food and not taking time to feed myself. But when it happens, as it has the last couple of weeks, the effects in my life are obvious. When I get tired, here are some of the signs I see…
- Instead of feeling like getting up and attacking the world I begin feeling overwhelmed.
- Instead of feeling compassion for others I feel callused.
- I become critical of others.
- I get frustrated easily.
The amazing thing is, most people would never believe that a minister, elder or leader would ever get tired, spiritually drained or emotionally worn down. Believe it or not, it happens and thankfully there are examples in the bible of people feeling the same way I do at times. On more than one occasion Jesus felt this way. How did he deal with it? He’d go off by himself and spend time with his Father. And while I can find comfort in that, I also remember that Jesus was God’s son, deity, he could handle it.
And then there was David, who shows me exactly what to do and how to handle this situation. In Psalm 57, King Saul has been chasing David all over the country trying to kill him. It’s there that David finds himself hiding alone in a cave obviously scared, frustrated, lonely and overwhelmed. I loved what David does …
- He prays, prays and then prays some more. vs.1-4
- He takes time to worship. He changes his focus from himself and his problems to God and how great He is. vs.5
- He reminds himself of God’s past faithfulness to him and decides to trust God to get him through this trying time. vs.7-11
I’m sure none of you feel overwhelmed (smile). I’m sure your compassion level for others never bottoms out (right?). And I’m sure you never get tired emotionally, spiritually or physically, but just in case you do Psalm 57 is a great place to spend a little time.
- Do you ever feel this way?
- How do you get through it?
- And, does it surprise you that people who are supposed to be spiritual leaders ever feel this way?