by Brenda Jank
As we begin to approach 2022, the impact of our global pandemic is far from over.
We are all too familiar with:
Shutdown. Fear. Illness. Isolation. Unemployment. Work-from-home. School-free-fall. Newsfeeds. Death. Supply Chain Melt Down. Overtime. Overload. Long COVID. Loss upon loss. Unknown upon unknown. Anger. Anxiety. Depression. Unrest. Deep fatigue.
What words would you use to describe your COVID experience?
Have you thought about it? (Making a list might be good for your soul. Giving our pain a name is an important first step.)
What started as a sprint, moved into a marathon, and is now an Iron Man.
Universal to all, is our fatigue. It is unrelenting, alarming, and comes in many forms.
Compassion Fatigue. Decision Fatigue. Expectation Fatigue. Economic Insecurity. Mental Health Crisis.
General Patton and Vince Lombardi said it well.
Fatigue makes cowards of us all.
When fatigue makes cowards of us all, it multiplies our troubles.
In this state, we fail to
- Give voice to our deepest pain
- Inventory the condition of our souls
- Admit, that “it’s time to take a break”
We need to learn from the best.
Jesus, tired as he was from his journey, sat down by the well. (John 4:6)
God used Jesus’ human limits, his fatigue, his decision to “take a break” for a Kingdom work that introduced an entire Samaritan community to Jesus – leading many to be saved. (John 4:1-42)
Taking a break is not selfish. It is God honoring and strategic – setting us up for a Kingdom work beyond what we can imagine.
So, what does this mean?
What does this mean for your fatigue? Your calendar? Your bucket-filling strategies and priorities?
Share your story of COURAGE to do what must be done.
Onward. Your best rest and your best work awaits!