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When We’re Tired and Exhausted – Where Do We Turn?

Psalm 121:1-2

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills — where does my help come from?  2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

RayBlogOK – even I’m starting to get tired of all the reports on the upcoming Super Bowl.  They have dissected both the Ravens and the 49ers every which way and have repeated the same reports over and over and over.  Will the Ravens run defense be able to stop the 49ers running attack including their young quarterback?  Will the 49ers’ secondary be able to control the Ravens’ vertical game?  Which brother (John or Jim) will out coach the other?  Will Ray Lewis retire with his second ring?  Which team will feel the confetti falling on them at the end of the game?  The only thing that will release me from my weariness is the game being over I guess.  And I hope it ends in the Ravens win!  That will make Monday morning so nice!

Where do you go when you are tired and exhausted in real life?  When you need rest – where do you turn?  I’ve played basketball (we usually play 6:15 am at a local gym 3 days a week) and when I’ve finished playing for the morning I’ve been tired – and I mean tired.  It takes a few moments to find the energy at times to change my shoes to head home (I mean it).  Once home I take a shower and change into my clothes for the day and usually head out.  A little rest – a nice shower – and then I’m off and running again!

When we are physically tired – we turn to the things that rejuvenate us.  Maybe you like to have a piece of fruit or an energy bar to help pick you up.  While you’re mulling over how you find refreshment from physical exhaustion – when we are spiritually tired – where do we turn?  When we are emotionally distraught where do we turn?  I know people who have been tired and frustrated spiritually.  I’ve known people who have been emotionally distraught as well – completely exhausted.  I have been these people at times – haven’t you?

The church is supposed to be a place where we can turn for support and refreshment when we are tired and drained spiritually and emotionally.  Life in the church is supposed to be a place where we can turn for rejuvenation.  Church is supposed to be a place where we find family and people willing to go the extra mile to help.  Often we turn to our faith and those who walk with us in our faith journey for refreshment and support.  I know I have in the past and I probably will in the future as well.

Now don’t get me wrong – there are hurts in the church as well and not everyone who professes faith has faith.  Not everyone is looking to help others.  You can spend all night in a garage and that doesn’t make you a car – one of my favorite sayings.  You can spend a lifetime in the church and not be a follower of Christ – but many who are in the church are true believers who will help us when we are tired and exhausted.  I know they are there because I have experienced them in the church.

Recently a person in the community asked me where they should turn for support for a concern in their life.  I felt confident in pointing them to several churches in their community.  I try to keep up with the ministries of area churches – like which church sponsors AA or other support groups.  I try to get a feel for what churches seem to express a loving and accepting ministry to the hurting.  I try to find out where someone with certain hurts might turn for support.  If you’re in a church – would you be able to suggest your church or a neighboring church to someone who was tired – hurting and exhausted?

Some churches don’t seem to have the time or desire to help hurting people.  How about us as individuals?  Are we willing to go out of our way to help someone in need?  Who have you reached out to recently that was hurting?  If we know the One who brings rest and healing – in all circumstance mind you – why aren’t we prepared and ready to point the hurting toward Him?  Maybe we are ready!  Maybe we just haven’t stepped out in faith and helped!  I lift up my eyes to the hills — where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.  Let’s be ready to tell somebody about Jesus and how He has refreshed us in our hurting and exhausted times of life!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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February 1, 2013 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Outreach | , , , , , , , ,

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