Friday, February 11, 2011

Battery running low - plug in here.

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. God does not faint or grow weary; God’s understanding is unsearchable. 
- Isaiah 40:28
I’ve had contact lately with a lot of people who seem tired; not sleepy tired, but worn out-depleted-exhausted tired, emotionally drained and mentally tapped out.  
I remember in seminary they told us that after the exhausting Advent/Christmas season there is a ‘breather time’ to catch up before Lent and the exhausting season of Easter. I beg to differ. There is no ‘breather time’ between any season, any day or, really, any hour that I can find. Life keeps going, things keep happening and a plethora of activities and responsibilities clamor for our attention. LIFE is exhausting. 
It seems like we are always looking for new ways to refuel and drinks that pump us up, fancy exercises and meditation designed to stretch our brains while stretching our muscles, creative ways of sleeping so that we can get by on fewer hours of sleep to add more hours of productivity...blah, blah, blah. It’s hard enough to find time to breath, spend priceless moments with loved ones or just relax without taking up time by experimenting with new techniques.
There is one way to refuel and reenergize - one place where we can spend a few minutes and get some much-needed ‘charging’ - it is tried and true, no experiments, no energy drinks and no fancy sleep techniques. Are you ready for it? Prayer.
I know it’s hard to imagine finding time to pray but it’s KEY to a well-balanced, full, energized life.  It doesn’t have to be formal or lengthy; it just has to be real. You and conversation. Instead of hitting the snooze button for another 9 minutes of sleep when your fancy sleep techniques fail, spend some time talking to God. When you are driving to pick up your child from soccer practice, turn off the car radio and talk to God. When you are waiting for the #7 bus to pick you up, talk to God.  
God’s energy is endless. God’s store of resources is limitless. God doesn’t get tired of hearing from you. God doesn’t grow weary of your conversation. God loves you. God understands your needs, desires and exhaustion. 
Let us pray:
Eternal God - Help me to find time to plug into you today. Help me, as I struggle with daily schedules and responsibilities to find time to rest in your endless mercy and grace. Fill me with your energy so that I may continue to be of service to your world.  Amen.

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