Do you ever feel like you just hit a brick wall?
Your day was great, until…
The project was a sure success, until…
The relationship was making headway, until…
Until what? What causes a good thing to grind to a screeching halt? Or worse, what causes things to begin slipping backward?
I wish I knew.
It happened to me this week. It was as if, at 3:47pm on Tuesday, my joy simply dissipated. I was discouraged. I was overwhelmed. Even the simplest tasks were grudgingly done.
Trust me, that’s not fun to experience or admit. I’d love to think my life is always perfect…
But I’m under no illusions.
This week has been exhausting. So was last week. Unfortunately, sometimes the feeling of defeat hangs on for more than a few days when times of busyness, anxiety, grieving, or depression wear out our hearts.
We’re tempted to complain and ask God why he puts us through hard times. My challenge to you is this: Next time you feel discouraged and defeated, ask instead what he is trying to teach you.
Learning experiences aren’t usually fun, are they? They’re hard. They’re challenging. They stretch you out of your comfort zone and past what you thought you could handle. And that’s okay.
There is good news, though: We always get through hard times.
With extra prayers for strength and grace, I made it to Wednesday. And then to Thursday.
And guess what? Things are getting better. Sleep, prayer, and a good conversation with a good friend have been enough to keep my discouragement at bay. (The ice cream didn’t hurt either…)
So, friends, if you’re going through something difficult today, this week, month, or year, here is some encouragement—it will get better. Exhaustion is a reminder that we can’t do things on our own. Thankfully, we don’t have to! Lean on the Lord.