My weary husband walked into the bedroom and crashed at 7:45 PM. He had prepared his coffee this morning, but rushed off and left the dark elixir on the kitchen counter. Apparently, he guzzled it down when he got home, but the caffeine did little to revive him after a long day. “I’m exhausted,” he complained at dinner.
Tonight was date night. I made a valiant attempt to revive his spirits as we munched on our Tex-Mex meals, but he remained in “zombie mode.” Maybe he is coming down with something, I thought.
Back at home, we discovered the cause for my man’s semi-catatonic state — his blood pressure medication sat untouched. He’d forgotten to take his happy pill. His whole body was sounding the alarm.
I wished him well as he slugged off to bed. “Sweet dreams. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” Tomorrow will be a better day. (I will make sure he takes his medication.)
“Do you ever have days when you are exhausted for no reason?” he’d asked me earlier. No, I thought. We’d discovered the reason. Underneath you will always find a cause.
Sometimes, I find myself fighting exhaustion in my weary soul. My day just beats the snot out of me. Do you ever have days like those?
When I look for a cause, my mind will usually pinpoint my morning routine — I overslept. I rushed. I did not sit quietly with my Savior listening for His leading. I may have guzzled down a few verses, but my spirit did not rest in His presence.
My whole being is sounding an alarm.
God’s Word is my “happy pill.” I must ingest my daily dose in order to maintain a healthy spiritual equilibrium. Paul explains the prescription this way:
“God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling
and warm, personal counsel in Scripture
to come to characterize us,
keeping us alert for whatever He will do next.”
Romans 15:4, MSG
Tomorrow is a new day. I must wake up early and chew on the Word. Lord, help me stay alert.
Q4U: How do you fight spiritual exhaustion?
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