As I have been recovering from burn out, I was reminded of this post a little while back. It was during the recovery from flu season a while ago:
I just went through a rough season, my entire month of February was a wreck. Like, freight train. First, my son got the flu, then my husband, then myself. Only, my son got a fever and some gut rot deal, my husband had a fever for 5 days and pretty much slept the whole time. And, I got some sort of stomach flu deal, that made it impossible for me to keep anything inside me. Day 3 of my flu, I had become so dehydrated, that I required medical attention. I woke up as soon as the clinic opened and told them that I needed to get in ASAP. They could see me within the hour. Amazing. I opened up my front door, blizzard. I seriously was so delirious from my illness that I considered calling an ambulance. But, I knew that if I could just get there, I would be ok. So, I get the last of my strength, and I get in the car to go to the clinic. I’m practically delusional by this point, my mouth and throat are dry, every time I take a drink my lips and throat instantly need more fluids and are dry again. The doctor pretty much just looked at me and said, “We need to get some fluids in you.” I had lost 10 pounds, at least, maybe more. I’m not someone who can afford to lose 10 pounds. I didn’t even recognize myself in the mirror. As they took me back to a room and got me situated, my messenger app buzzed. It’s the women’s feed from church. We use it as a way to share encouraging words, or request prayers, quick notes, etc. The Pastor shared her morning devo: “Come to me for rest and refreshment. This journey has been too much for you, and you are bone-weary. Do not be ashamed of your exhaustion. Instead, see it as an opportunity for Me to take charge of your life.” – (which is an excerpt from Shannon Stoddard on beliefnet) But, this word came to me, right as they are plugging IVs into my arm, and I just shed a tear. Yes, Lord. You are my rest and refreshment. I ended up needing two bags worth of fluids to get me back to some sort of human. And, I rested while they pumped me full of fluids, but I knew I was going to be fine with that word. Amen.
I have been experiencing an emotional season of being “bone-weary” – what a great expression. Deep down in your bones weary, the kind of exhausted that doesn’t go away with a nap and some food. The kind of can’t-give-any-more that you just don’t know what to do with. God knows. He knows this happens. That’s why He tells us that He is our Living Water. That He is our rest and refreshment. That we can tap into Him and He will take us through the rest. Just like the “Footsteps” poem, where when there was only one set of footprints – He carried us. We don’t need to be strong, He is strong for us. We don’t need to be everything we need, He’s got us covered.
“But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”John 4:14
And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.Revelation 21:6
For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.Isaiah 44:3
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.John 7:37
And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.Isaiah 58:11
That he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,Ephesians 5:26
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.John 6:35
God wants to refresh us. God doesn’t want us to feel bone-weary. And, one of the most refreshing and powerful ways to feel refreshed by God, is to pray and to worship. Prayer is the most intimate and refreshing time with the Father. A time to discuss, to speak our needs and to listen. To let Him overwhelm our souls with the answer. To let Him work in our Spirit to give us the living water that we need. And then, to worship out loud our exhaltation to the Lord. It’s a renewing interaction to shout to the Lord and praise Him for all that He does for us. To look back and see all that He has done, and to know that in the looking forward, He will do even more. He never fails, His words do not return void. He will always be there for us, and will lift us up, and even carry us – when we need it most. Do not let yourself struggle through the exhaustion, turn to the Lord who has everything you need to get you through whatever season in your life. He is the Living Water. He has everything you need to refresh your soul. Take a drink and thirst no more.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you! Thank you for being our Living Water. Thank you for refreshment. Thank you for your blessings in overflow. Thank you that You bless us, and have given us Your Word, full of encouragement. Your Word which holds the key to our salvation, both eternal salvation, and salvation every day. That You bless us with the exact words we need, when we need them. Thank you for sending Your son, and making it possible for us to have a personal relationship with You. That we may seek You in prayer. That You will answer us. That You will bless us, and not only meet our needs, but exceed them. That we may know that You are the good, good God who never fails and who loves His children. That You know that we become bone-weary and that is why You have given us the words that You are the Living Water. That we may live forever in You. That You help us win Life. Life in the here and now, and Life eternal. Thank You for Your many blessings Father. Thank You for ALL that You have done, and all that You will continue to do. In JESUS’ NAME!! AMEN!!