Does your faith ever get tired?
My faith is tired today. We got some not-so-great news yesterday in our Uninvited Journey, and it knocked me down. I’m not sure why, we’ve gotten much worse news in the past and I kept on going. But for some reason this possibly small (possibly huge) setback knocked me down and my faith was too tired for me to get back up right away. So I’m taking today to sit, right where I fell.
My faith was too tired for me to get back up right away.
A friend messaged me and referred to it as “Compassion Fatigue”. It’s defined as “profound emotional and physical exhaustion that helping professionals, missionaries, and caregivers can develop over the course of their career as helpers. It is a gradual erosion of all the things that keep us connected to others in our role: our empathy, our hope, and of course our compassion, not only for others, but for ourselves.”1
Another friend suggested that my faith is probably just fine, that I’m just tired of my current situation. When the answers don’t come, when things get worse, or even just don’t get better, it’s a hard place to find ourselves in the natural. God doesn’t chastise us for our weakness, in fact He welcomes it. It gives Him more room when we have come to the end of ourselves.
God doesn’t chastise us for our weakness, in fact He welcomes it.
When we find ourselves in a long battle, like a cancer journey, it’s easy to get tired. In the beginning of the battle it’s easy to take on a “warrior” attitude, to storm the gates of heaven with our prayers, to raise the battle cry and fight with all we have. But as the battle rages on it can start to feel like we are under siege, and we run out of resources to continue to fight. That’s when we must lean on others, ask them to drop supplies into our base camp. Encouragement, compassion, caring, these are the things that help build up our strength to keep fighting. We can get them through lunch with a friend, prayer from our support team, financial help, and just the knowledge that we are not alone, that others are standing alongside us as we fight.
I’m learning that it’s ok to ask for help. God never intended for us to fight our battles alone. He is right here with us, and He has sent other Christians to fight alongside us, if we let them. He also never intended for us to fight without taking a break now and then. We need to step back, let the second wave of soldiers take over the frontlines for a bit while we rest, eat, clean up. Even Jesus took time to recharge Himself in the midst of His ministry here on earth.
God never intended for us to fight our battles alone.
So today, I am sitting. I’ve crawled away from the battle lines, trusting that my friends and family are still fighting for us while I take some time to recoup, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. If you need me, I’ll be here watching cartoons with my granddaughter.
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