I was talking to a friend today who seemed to have a lot on her mind. She began telling me how empty and inadequate she’s been feeling and although her ministry has and continues to touch the hearts of many people, her feelings have led her to contemplate letting go of the very thing she’s been called to do. As I was listening, I was reminded of many circumstances that have left me feeling the same way. I knew those feelings all too well especially when in ministry. Most people who are called to serve in any capacity may find themselves feeling from time to time, depleted and alone even after pouring their lives into so many for a period of time.
The feelings my friend was feeling was kind of like a lifeguard who is in the middle of the ocean with tons of people who can’t swim so he gives his life jacket to whomever can’t swim. For the rest who can’t swim, he tosses floaters to them. Yet there is still more who can’t swim so he places them in a boat that they find floating around. All the people who were rescued get to shore safely except for the lifeguard. Everyone who made it to shores safely, wonders why the lifeguard is struggling to make it to the shore given the fact that he is an expert swimmer. As the lifeguard struggles to swim to shore by himself he wonders why no one that he helped did not extend a life jacket back to him.
Even though that’s how we feel sometimes we need to be reminded that we are not alone and that we have The Comforter swimming through the deep waters of life with us and when we overcome our feelings of loneliness and inadequacies to swim to the shore He is the only one who will restore our strength.
(This is a 5 minute Friday Post (#fmfparty) that happens each week at Kate Motaung’s place. Every week she gives a word prompt followed by 5 minutes of writing and then link up! To take part of, visit katemotaung.com.)