I’m tired right now. This week has been particularly stressful. Some of the stress is the schedule. Most of the stress is in my mind. I am off tomorrow, and it will be time to "regroup."
Mind-stress is wearing. For me it tends to come when I think about some of the following:
1. The future. Will I continue in a ministry like the one I am in now or will I do something else?
2. Finances. Will we (our family) have enough money for the future? How do I learn to trust God and yet at the same time make wise decisions? I’m not always sure how this plays out.
3. Health issues. Watching family members grow older. Realizing the mortality of us all. Thinking about the future of loved ones.
4. Relationship issues. Feelings of regret over some relationships. Feelings of sadness over other relationships. Probably wanting to fix what is not in my power to fix.
5. Loss. Missing my children (one grown and the other away at college). Missing certain friends. Sometime feeling a deep sense of loss over time that has passed but I would like to experience again.
Do you relate to any of these? I suspect some of you do. Probably you have your own sources of mind-stress.
One thing is for sure. What I just expressed is a part of life or at least it is a part of my life. Some of these probably reflect my humanness and struggle with life. I am not looking for a quick fix or an easy answer. I do need to remember God’s constant care and presence. This morning I am reading a Scripture that gives me great encouragement and hope:
â€œSo do not fear, for I am with
you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous
â€œFor I am the Lord, your God, who
takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help youâ€¦â€ (Isaiah 41:10, 13)