Sometimes, those of us who have immersed ourselves in ministry or volunteer work, we can become tired.
Tired of hearing about individuals hurting themselves or others.
Of them making poor choices.
Of pain and heartache.
Prayers that appear to be unanswered or slow to come to fruition.
Sometimes you become so tired from all of it. You wonder if you can really go on.
The Lord knows this. He knows that in our human bodies, we can't always maintain the strength in ministry. When Jesus walked on this earth and performed His earthly ministry to those around Him, His body became tired. He was limited by His physical body because He became like us for a time.
In this oft-recited passage of Scripture, and I have read it many times, my comfort and strength was renewed when I was reminded to call on the Lord who knows our limitations.
Our God who does not grow tired or weary.
"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is an everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and the young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:28-31
He will provide the sustenance we need to maintain our calling. My husband, who pastors our little group of 100 or more college and young adults, can sometimes feel tired. And I think he is the strongest man I know. But he is human. He is limited by the hours in the day, his body, his mind.
Just as we all are.
But don't give up, even though you might feel like it. Hang in there.
Finish the work God began in You.