Life is never easy and always full of trouble. Right now people are stressed out. We are at odds with one another about COVID 19, the economy, politics, education, climate change, racism, police brutality and other issues that affect our community and the world. On top of these things we must deal with our own personal problems with our health, finances, family issues, and the daily demands of life on life’s terms. It’s easy to see how people can feel overwhelmed by it all and in the pressure to keep up sometimes we can lose our spiritual connection with God. The One who can help us the most gets put on the back burner because we are too stressed out and tired. While we run around trying to get it all done, we can run out of gas spiritually and feel empty inside. This can happen to anyone no matter how long you have been walking with the Lord. For those of us who are active in church this is not an easy thing to talk about and we may keep our struggle to ourselves. The good news is that we don’t have to tell God about it because He already knows. When we get burned out spiritually, He is ready to help us and fill us again with His Spirit. In Matthews 6:6 Jesus tells us what to do:
Matthew 6:6 “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you”.
When we are spiritually dry, we need some alone time with God so we can feel His presence and feel connected to Him. In today’s world this is not easy because we are surrounded by people everywhere at home, at work, in the community – even at church. We have gotten used to a constant barrage of information from the TV, our phones, and other electronic devices that are all competing for our attention. It is quite common today for us to be together in front of the TV or computer and on our phones or tablets at the same times. Even when we are alone, these devices fill our lives and hinder us spiritually. For some of us, God can get crowded out of our lives right when we need Him most. We never mean for this to happen. Some of the most spiritually burned out people are those who serve in the church and right now some of us are walking in the desert with sand blowing in our faces trying to help our church survive in the pandemic. No matter who you are, we all need one on one time with God and we will have to be intentional about it to get it. Jesus said to pray alone with the Father, so find a way even if you have to do it first thing the morning when the house is dark, everything is quiet, and you are still under the covers in bed. For some of us, this is the only way it will happen in today’s world.
A beautiful song that can help you snap out of your spiritual desert is “One on One” by Zacardi Cortez and you can hear it on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVFIAP-ehAU.
Rev. Smith is the Associate Pastor of Exodus Missionary Outreach Church www.exodusmissionaryoutreachchurch.org and she can be reached at 828-962-8196, firstname.lastname@example.org or PO Box 3311, Hickory, NC 28603