Author's Note: Today's guest blogger is Anna Schaeffer, my administrative assistant at Southeastern Seminary. She is an MA graduate of SEBTS, and she's the author of All of This, a young adult Christian novel.
A few weeks ago, I hit a rough patch. Lots of things went wrong all at the same time. I wasn't walking through tragedy—just the heaviness of life. Yet I still felt so run-down by everything that was happening; it all made me want to stay home and take a lot of naps.
One night, I admitted my weariness to God: "I'm going to need you to help me through this because I'm just so tired." In the past, my prayers have ended there. But this time, I truly wanted more out of my circumstances—I wanted to walk through them trusting that God is very intentional in everything He does and allows in my life. So I prayed, "God, please show me Your character in this. Use these things to bow my heart toward You and Your purpose for my life."
My prayers didn't make everything snap into place. Nothing about my circumstances changed overnight. But God began to help me see the wonder of who He is as He walked with me through those challenging days and continues to walk with me now.
Here are five ways I'm learning to worship, even—and especially—when I'm weary:
- Remember. Call to mind times God has shown Himself faithful before—those times He led you through something you couldn't imagine yourself enduring. Read in His Word about how He walked with His people through difficult days in generations past.
- Praise. Praise God for His faithfulness. Praise Him that, even if you can't necessarily feel His presence, He's with you in the middle of your mess. Why? Because He promised.
- Look. Whenever I'm overwhelmed by life, I zoom in on the small things. I look for evidence of God's character in the everyday moments of life, like the beautiful sunset reminding me of His creativity, the warm smile of a friend reminding me of His gift of community or the smell of dinner in the oven, reminding me that God provides for my daily needs.
- Record. Write down your struggles in a prayer journal. Pour out your heart to God. Keep up this practice as you walk through your challenges. Then, the next time you face hardship, you'll have a reminder—a memorial stone—of God's steadfast love.
- Share. Tell of God's faithfulness to others. When someone asks how you're doing, be honest about your challenges, but also be quick to share those God-designed details you've been collecting. Not only can this encourage another struggler, but sometimes hearing ourselves say something out loud bolsters our own resolve, too.
I'm not a master of weathering difficult days. Far from it. At the end of the day, though, Christ is my reward. Knowing that, I am able to worship in my weariness.
What about you? How do you seek God when you're weary?
This article originally appeared at chucklawless.com.
Get Spirit-filled content delivered right to your inbox! Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.
Dr. Mark Rutland's
National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL)
The NICL is one of the top leadership training programs in the U.S. taught by Dr. Mark Rutland. If you're the type of leader that likes to have total control over every aspect of your ministry and your future success, the NICL is right for you!
FREE NICL MINI-COURSE - Enroll for 3-hours of training from Dr. Rutland's full leadership course. Experience the NICL and decide if this training is right for you and your team.Do you feel stuck? Do you feel like you’re not growing? Do you need help from an expert in leadership? There is no other leadership training like the NICL. Gain the leadership skills and confidence you need to lead your church, business or ministry. Get ready to accomplish all of your God-given dreams. CLICK HERE for NICL training dates and details.
The NICL Online is an option for any leader with time or schedule constraints. It's also for leaders who want to expedite their training to receive advanced standing for Master Level credit hours. Work through Dr. Rutland's full training from the comfort of your home or ministry at your pace. Learn more about NICL Online. Learn more about NICL Online.