This past week was a difficult one for me. My routine was missing in action. Sleep escaped me. My level of pain was at its highest. We were relocating. I was working every day, all day. It was draining.
I was standing at work in pain, tired and dreading the end of my shift when I would return home to move more stuff to the new place. I asked a friend if she had some hard candy like a Lifesaver, because my throat was dry. Little did I know, a customer was listening to the conversation. As I finished with his order, he handed me the Lifesavers. I argued that it was against policy to accept things from customers. He then said he would leave them sit for me, that it was his policy to be nice. Jokingly, the lady behind him said she liked Three Musketeers. I was amazed as I spied him picking up yet another small gift to bring another smile around.
My day was not going well. I was exhausted and found myself on the verge of tears, nearly falling asleep standing, and wearing more braces than ever before because my body was feeling the week’s work. Then here came this fellow who became a lifesaver for a moment. His attitude and generosity had a great impact on me and the other customer. One small gesture had a ripple effect. It was a great reminder of our great Lifesaver. The gentleman paid attention to those around him and took action. It did not cost him a lot of money. It did not cost him a lot of time. This reminds me of something Mother Teresa said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
“My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.” – 1 John 4:7 [MSG]
“Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” – Lamentations 3:23 [NLT]
When I take my morning walk I usually catch the same neighbor in the middle of washing or drying his car, depending on when I pass his home. I’m sure anyone would agree that right after you get your car washed and shined up, something happens to get it dirty. In our area we have a local company that continues to spread dust as the big work trucks drive past. The pollen and the birds add to the many reasons that a washed car doesn’t stay clean.
So each morning this man gets out and washes his car, taking special care to ensure it is dry and looking like it just was pulled off the car dealership lot. It reminds me how each new morning is a blessing for us, another opportunity to start over. His mercies are new every morning. No matter how dirty, how defeated, how drained we may have felt the day prior, in the morning, we are given another day full of His mercy, His grace, His faithfulness.
These past few months have been a challenge for so many people. There are days when the struggles bring a feeling of defeat. But remember that God is not finished and He is faithful. Every morning His mercies are new. We may be down, but we won’t be down forever. We may feel defeated, but we won’t always be defeated. We may be tired, but with Christ, we have rest.
There are moments in life when you feel drained, overwhelmed by your current situation. In those seasons of life, it is difficult to find the strength to do much of anything. Breathing alone can sometimes be a chore. Things don’t always go your way. Promises are not always kept. Relationships do not always work out. People cannot always be relied upon. Your workplace can be stressful. Your co-workers can test your patience. You can find yourself wanting nothing more but a holiday away from everything. You can find yourself wanting so badly to scream at the top of your lungs.
These are simply moments in life, but they go away. Our biggest moments of weakness can actually become our greatest moments with God’s strength. When we are weak, then He may show His strength. When we humble ourselves and are low, He lifts us up. When we are at the lowest point in our life, He shows us the compassion, the grace that no other can provide. We are not promised life without tribulation, but we are promised to never be forsaken. The Bible says that we are the apple of His eye. The Bible says that He has a plan and a purpose.
So if you are having one of those moments in life where you are feeling drained, fear not for God is with you. You don’t have to walk this stretch alone. Your burdens in life may be heavy, but His yoke is light. Your stressors may be getting the best of you, but they won’t get the rest of you. Give whatever you have, all you can to God, and watch how things turn around. In His time, in His way, He will provide you the strength you need through Him so that you can overcome.
“The Lord GOD is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, and makes me walk on my high places.” – Habakkuk 3:19 [NASB]