You too?

Yeah…I get it. Have mercy, do I get it.

Maybe you’re the one that people can count on, the reliable one, the responsible one. The one that if the phone rings at midnight, you’ll pick up. Or doing your level best to make sure others know they haven’t gone unnoticed. The one that reaches out even if they don’t reach back. Cautious about giving your problems to anyone else because you see the burdens they already carry. The one that suppresses their needs to meet those of others. You’re the storm shelter when others are drowning, even if you’re drowning too. The one that offers steadiness amid chaos. You’ll sit in silence with them, just so they aren’t alone when they can’t find their words. The one that always has a genuine smile or a heartfelt hug to soothe an aching soul. Maybe being strong was never an option. Life can be like that for some, and you begin to wonder if anyone sees what it takes for you to keep moving forward, knowing you will, but it’s hard… you don’t always know where to start to regain your balance.

Let me encourage you to start here: our finitude is a gift from God. And He sees.

“For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.” – Jeremiah 31:25

We often vacillate between the illusion that we are in control and yet the world demonstrates that we are not. Our limits should not be seen as sinful but rather as a deliberate aspect of being human by God’s design. Only when we are kept in the conscious state of felt weakness will we be able to say with Paul, “Then I am strong.”

“I’ve had enough, Lord.” -1 Kings 19:4

Elijah’s crying out to God is not unlike that of our own. Charles Spurgeon referred to Elijah as the ‘Iron Prophet’ — still a man, nonetheless. Elijah was strong yet he understood suffering, distress, failure, and grief. His finitude. His humanness. In response to Elijah’s anguished petitions, the Lord cared for him.

“Gracious souls are more affected by the tender mercies of the Lord, than by His terrors. The mild voice of Him who speaks from the cross, or the mercy-seat, is accompanied with peculiar power in taking possession of the heart.” – Matthew Henry

He provided Elijah with time to heal. By giving him shelter to rest, food to eat, and words of assurance. He addressed his physical needs as well as his spiritual ones. We are safe to rest in His strength, so that He may strengthen us in our weakness

“Rest time is not a waste of time. It is economy to gather fresh strength…Who can help being out of breath when the race is continued without intermission?… It is wisdom to take occasional furlough. In the long run, we shall do more by sometimes doing less…Let no tender conscience doubt the lawfulness of going out of harness for a while, but learn from the experience of others the necessity and duty of taking timely rest.” – Charles Spurgeon