This week we’ll continue our churchwide fall worship series, Facing Life’s Storms, with “When You’re Worn Out.”
We’ve all been there, right? Just tired. Worn out. Bone tired physically, mentally exhausted, emotionally wrung out. You really don’t think you can take another step, do another thing, or as someone once remarked, too tired to make a fist.
In our scripture for this week, Isaiah 40:28-31, that’s what seems to be going on with these people. They are tired. Completely worn out. They’re tired of the predicament in which they find themselves, and they see no way out. This is a really low period in the life of these people. And what’s worse, they feel like even God doesn’t care.
So, here’s what Isaiah says to them: God doesn’t get tired. And what’s more, even though everyone gets tired — and beyond tired — even young men.
And, Isaiah goes on to say, God understands. And not only does God care when we’re feeling worn out, God offers “power to the tired, and reviving to the exhausted.”
So how does that work? How does God help us we renew our strength when we feel worn out? How do we find the strength to renew ourselves when whatever is going on has us so beat down and weary that we’re unable to go on?
These are ways in which we can find the renewal Isaiah describes. Sabbath time, intentionally setting aside time to get in touch again with who God is and who we are in relationship with God, and actively embracing in some way that is meaningful to us the hope that is ours in God.
All of our lives have rhythms to them — some call these “sacred rhythms.” All creatures have these natural rhythms, but for some reason, human beings seem to have the hardest time becoming aware of them. It can be very hard to recognize our deep need for renewal — and harder still to stop and take the time we need to find the refreshment Isaiah promises. Have you ever experienced this kind of bone-tired physical fatigue? Have you ever found yourself in a state of mental exhaustion where even the smallest task seems overwhelming? Do you know what it feels like to have a weariness of spirit that feels more like an emotional drought?
What do you do to renew your strength? How do you recapture your power to think clearly? How do you revive your spirit to “fly up on wings like eagles?”
We look forward to our exploration of these questions, ideas, and the hope for renewal that is ours in God, this Sunday at First Church.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster