Utterly Spent

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Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:7-10 

Insight

I love the mountains; I just wish they weren't so far away from the beach town I call home. This past weekend my family made the long trek to Cherokee, NC for a few days of camping and relaxation before the hectic holiday season begins. It was indeed a great experience with many memories made, except for one small hiccup on my part.

Writing this piece skipped my mind. Okay, I didn't forget about it as much as I failed to take into account how exhausted I'd be after the road trip back to Wilmington. So, here I sit completely full, yet utterly spent. Everything in me wants to mail it in and post a devotional re-run or blame the email service for it "accidentally" not appearing in your inbox this morning.

But, then I remembered (and was convicted) of how significant the simple act of showing up can be when we're weary and fatigued.  The decisions we make have ripple effects that extend out farther than we realize. Our willingness to respond and act during trying circumstances matters - not only for our own heart but also for those around us. 

The easy path would be to give up and let weariness win, but that route never leads towards the destination we desire deep down inside. Perseverance paves the way towards transformation. It's a trail with many twists and paths along the way. Obstacles make some bends in the road seem impassable.  

Disappointment possesses the power to rattle our confidence - in others, in ourselves, and even in God. 

The rocky road in front of us makes the next step we take important. We can't throw away our confidence in His faithfulness. Rather than escape or avoid, we need to endure. Endurance is sufficient strength for the moment in the moment. 

When we are being pressed and pushed to our max, it's easy to forget that the work we put in today shapes our future self.  Today matters, right now matters and our next decision matters. What we sow today, we reap tomorrow.  We are either walking forward in faith or shrinking back from His purpose for us. 

Hope comes to us as we walk by faith.  

Reflection

  • Where do you find yourself weary and worn out?

  • What would it look like for you to "show up" in these circumstances and display faith and courage?

Prayer

God, today I desire to walk confidently and full of faith. In the places where I have grown weary, I will replenish my soul by meditating on Your truth. Rather than shrink back, I want to advance and watch You work through me. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.


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