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Do We Need a Nap?

Psalm 121:1-2

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.

Photo on 10-9-18 at 2.15 PMThe Major League Baseball playoffs are in full swing. Only one series to go before the World Series. What team are you rooting for to win it all? I’m rooting for the Houston Astros and the LA Dodgers to meet in the World Series and for the Astros to win it all.

I wish it was the Orioles playing for the World Series – but they qualified for the number 1 draft choice in next year’s amateur draft. I am an O’s fan and always will be – even during hard years. I suffered through 14 straight losing seasons several seasons ago. We’re tired – already – of this losing skid and want changes. We hope the changes that are coming will help us win again. But this is not real life! It is a game!

Where do you go when you are tired and exhausted in real life? When you need rest – where do you turn? I’ve had a busy week. Besides working over 60 plus hours – I’ve played basketball – a round of golf – and I’ve walked several miles each day. I’ve only gotten about 5-6 hours of sleep each night and according to my new watch – that sleep hasn’t always been sound. I could use a nap! Taking a nap seemed like a punishment as a child. As an adult it is something I look forward to taking! Who agrees with me? 😇💤

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. I remember drinking pure honey before a wrestling match to get energy. 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 one of 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 that doesn’t make one a Christian – 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 for us to think about today as we go on our way.

P.S. – By-the-way – a number of people appreciated our personal prayers for the needs of the congregation Sunday at the 11 am service. We took the time to pray – right then-and there – for each prayer concern. It felt powerful. It felt so uplifting. It felt so healing! It felt like the Holy Spirit was leading us in prayer.

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