I don’t know about you, but there’s been a few times in my life where things just get super hectic. I’m a busy person anyway, an “A” personality type. Always got something going on, but believe it or not, even so, I still always feel like I’m managing it… most of the time, or right up-until I’m not. A few years ago, I fell and hurt my back, which did cause me to slow down some. And, at the time, caused me to slow down a lot. But, even when I recuperated, I had learned from the experience and still tried to manage my busy-ness a little better. That time made me realize that I could take a lot of things off my plate, because really, I was the only one who had put them there. Then, a bit later, I was working two jobs trying to keep our heads above water, and once again realized that I didn’t need to be doing as much as I was – and more things fell off my plate. Even further back, I had a realization that in all the busy-ness, it was essential to take time for myself. And, I have found ways to do that over the years, and it’s really helped me manage the busy times. But, recently, something happened that I realized I had never experienced before…. I got burnt out. It was like a switch had flipped. And suddenly, I wasn’t me anymore. Now, I’m still burnt out, but I feel like I’m coming out of it.
Now, I’m a google-er. Symptoms, Google. How to, Google. What’s this, Google. But, this time, Google kinda failed me. I Googled “burn out” and visited a variety of sites to see what could be done about this new experience, and read about all my options, and was kinda like, “I can’t really do any of this stuff right now.” I need something to do – today. You know what never fails? God. God never fails. In this intense moment of how do I handle this? I dug into my experiences. What did I do when I hurt my back? Leaned into God. What did I do when I was working two jobs? Leaned into God. Well, sad to say, but that’s not going to be one of the results that Google brings up for you. “Have you tried asking God to help you through this?” “Maybe you should double-down on listening to sermons and worship music” But that’s what’s helping me here. God’s strength, God’s patience, God’s intersession. Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned, when I can’t do it, God can. And, I just need to channel the Holy Spirit to work through me. I’m not doing it anymore, God is. He knows what to do, and I can’t do it without Him.
One of the most powerful prayers I have ever learned is Ephesians 1:15-23:
15 Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere,[a] 16 I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, 17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom[b] and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.[c]
19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. 21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. 22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. 23 And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself. – (emphasis -my own)
Let me say that again, “I ALSO PRAY THAT YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THE INCREDIBLE GREATNESS OF GOD’S POWER FOR US WHO BELIEVE HIM. THIS IS THE SAME MIGHTY POWER THAT RAISED CHRIST FROM THE DEAD AND SEATED HIM IN THE PLACE OF HONOR AT GOD’S RIGHT HAND IN THE HEAVENLY REALMS.” — That’s the power you have inside you when you believe. I don’t know about you, but every time I pray this prayer, I feel like Superman. I have access to the power that raised Christ Jesus from the dead. When I don’t have the strength to go on, I have the power that raised Christ from the dead. When I don’t have the patience to understand, I have the patience of the God who waited 3 days to raise his Son from the dead – which must’ve seemed like an eternity. When I cannot fully fathom the situation, I have the same God who created the universe living inside me who will help me understand when the time is right, or give me the peace needed to know that I don’t need to understand. SAME GOD. It’s one of the most important things I’ve learned as a Christian. The SAME GOD I’m praying to and worshiping because of all His Awesomeness, is the SAME GOD living inside me. AND WE CAN DO ANYTHING.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for your infinite wisdom. Thank You that you save us from ourselves. Thank You that you drop eternal understanding deep into us that we may always know what to do in every situation. That You have Power beyond our understanding. That You always have the strength to do more. That You will always guide our steps if we just hold up the lantern. That you are an endless spring of everything we need. That the answer is always You, God. We just need to have the sense to remember it. Thank You Father for having Paul write down these words that we may always remember that the SAME GOD who rose Jesus Christ from the dead – lives inside us. And that we may always be able to face each and every situation with the understanding that it’s not us, it’s You. IN JESUS’ NAME!! AMEN!!