As this difficult season drags on, we are all getting a little more weary every day. It seems that there is no end in sight to the difficulties we have experienced for most of this year. We may be tempted to give up; to shut down and just coast mindlessly.
That is how it felt for me a few days ago. Early in the day, we had been faced with a difficult conversation and some challenging decisions. We felt defeated and even headed toward despair. Perhaps we would have had more energy to deal with the day’s issues if we hadn’t already been so weary from the events of the past months. At least we’d like to think so.
In the evening, we decided to go to the beach to walk and just let the troubles of the day go. It seemed like a good place to cast our cares. It had been raining much of the day but was just cloudy when we arrived on the beach. We walked for a while enjoying the shore birds and watching the waves. At one point Randy visited with a young couple while I searched for seashells. We began to notice a storm forming offshore and decided we’d best turn around since the beach is not the place to be in a storm. We quickly began our return walk to our van but not quickly enough. Before we were halfway back, the rain began and thunder rumbled over us. By the time we got to our van we were drenched.
It’s been a long time since I was caught in a downpour that completely soaked me. The rain was refreshing and I found myself asking God to send His Holy Spirit to pour into my heart and refresh my soul like the rain. Of course, our God is faithful and hears our prayers, so He did just as I asked.
What heaviness have you been struggling with lately? You don’t need to get caught in the rain for God to refresh your soul. All you have to do is be willing to surrender your burden and ask for refreshing from His Spirit.
And you can do it right now. He’s listening.
“For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh everyone who languishes.” – Jeremiah 31:25 (NASB)
“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.” – Proverbs 3:7-8 (NASB)