Every once in a while I get emotionally drained. Yesterday was one of those days.
By late morning, my mind was tired. I was at our local YMCA while my boys were taking their gym class when mental and emotional exhaustion hit me hard. Usually I hang out to chat with other moms but on this day, I needed to be by myself. I didn’t want to be around anyone for fear they may want to talk about the election and its aftermath.
For a week I had been reading and listening to post-election stories of hate and bullying. I’ve heard and seen anger and fear in the news, on social media, and in conversations with friends. I was done. My brain was tired. I was exhausted from information overload. I couldn’t handle another story.
So, I spent forty minutes walking around the outdoor tennis courts and soaked up the sun as I talked to God. It felt refreshingly good! I was being recharged physically by the sun and spiritually by the Son, Jesus! I liked it so well I stayed away from every news and social media outlets all day to have even more quiet time for my mind!
This little respite reminded me how Jesus would often slip away from the crowd to find solitude. To recharge and reconnect with his Father. Jesus knew he needed strength to continue healing, teaching, and loving people so he made time to get away. He spent time with God the Father to regain power for the work he was sent on earth to do.
Many times, I can be so focused on the “doing” that I feel guilty about taking necessary breaks to clear my mind and to regain strength. I’m thankful God reminded me to take time to recharge and reconnect with him. And I’m thankful I listened to him…this time. Now, I have new strength to continue encouraging, teaching, and loving people….all over again.
Friends, we don’t have to be overwhelmed by the happenings in the world. God often uses confusing and chaotic times to make himself known to people. He uses these situations to get our attention. To give us the answers we’re looking for, if we are willing to quiet ourselves long enough to listen.
If you are burdened, fearful, and angry by the stories in the media, break away from it. Get some alone time to clear your mind and to regain strength. Spend time with God, your power source. Ask him to give you the strength and wisdom to face each day with confidence no matter how hopeless the future may seem.
God will give you renewed strength and hope as he did for me. And you will be able to continue doing the work he has given you to do here on earth for him.