No blog post in two months. Sad. To be very honest, July and August were a blur for me. Those two months may have been the busiest two months I have had in life and ministry. Even taking a vacation with the family didn’t slow things down! As I looked at my calendar today and saw September 1st, I couldn’t help but reflect on some things that God has taught me and reminded me of during the last two months. Perhaps you are going through a very busy season. Maybe you are drained physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Read on.
God is at work in this busy season. When we get busy and tired, we tend to focus on all of the work that we are doing. It’s so easy to forget that our Lord is at work. In fact, He is at work even while we were catching a few hours of sleep…
“He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.” (Psalm 121:3, NASB95)
When you came home dead tired, God was up all night working. Just because you may be “at your wits end” doesn’t mean that God is anywhere near His.
A busy season can overstate problems and make us numb to blessings. When we are tired and worn out, we tend to get frustrated more easily. As a result, problems often feel larger and more hurtful than they really are. Problems are magnified. Remember, when you look at something through a magnifying glass, it’s not really bigger – it just looks bigger! When we magnify our problems, that also means that we cannot see the bigger picture of God’s blessings.
A busy season forces us to evaluate priorities. There is only one you. One of two things is true: you are too busy because circumstances you don’t control have added to your load or you are too busy because you have added things you do control to your load. Either way, some things must go or be curtailed. You decide. It is biblical to evaluate how we spend our time…
“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15–16, NASB95)
Evaluate priorities and make adjustments. Define what matters most and do those things. It’s OK if something doesn’t get done. It’s OK to say no. There is only one you. If you don’t do it, no one will do it for you.
There is hope even in the most busy of seasons. You are not a hamster on an endless wheel. This too shall pass. Tears endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. In fact, scripture speaks of growing weary doing good things. At the end of weary is hope.
“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” (Galatians 6:9, NASB95)