Ever feel like dropping out? Quitting? Turning in your notice? Leaving it all behind?
I have. My husband, has, too. Over the years when my husband has grown weary of his job, we brainstorm solutions. Some of those solutions have included working smarter or requesting a change in his job description. Other times the solution has been an actual job change.
Honest moment here: that’s what motherhood has felt like to me lately. A job I’m too tired to do and one that I can’t quit. Anybody else ever felt that way? (Please? I really hope I’m not the only one.)
Lately I’ve been accepting the fact that God has called me to a pretty tough job. And one that will presumably last for a while. I’ve accepted that fact, which is good, but I’ve forgotten something important: God has also promised to help me.
I’ve been feeling alone… like there’s no one to help… no one who cares… no one who really understands. If you’ve ever felt like that, then let me share with you what God reminded me of this morning. Here’s a little peek into a conversation I had with a guy named Isaiah who wrote some of the Bible a long time ago:
Me: I feel alone in this. Like God is not close to me or helping me.
Isaiah: Why would you ever complain, Lindsay, or whine, saying, “God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”?
Me: Um, because that’s the way I… feel??
Isaiah: Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out.
Me: Oh, yeah. I guess I’ve forgotten who God is. I’ve just been so tired. So tired that I want to quit.
Isaiah: God energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles. They run and don’t get tired; they walk and don’t lag behind.
(For all of Isaiah’s words on the subject, see Isaiah 40:28-31. I used the Message translation.)
I’ve been feeling alone, but God has reminded me that he is right here in the middle of this with me. I’ve been feeling like no one understands, but God is assuring me that he knows and understands everything. I’ve been brainstorming solutions on how to survive, but God is telling me to wait upon him. I’ve been fearing the future, but God is telling me to trust him. I’ve been frantically looking around for help, but God is reminding me that he never gets tired and that he will give me fresh strength.
God gives fresh strength to dropouts.
Join me in letting that encouragement sink in today. Even when you feel like dropping out, especially when you feel like dropping out, try turning to God and waiting. He has promised to give you fresh strength.
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