Over the last two weeks I’ve not been sleeping well. The last 72 hours: sick. I’ve literally been sick and tired.
Not sick and tired of ministry, but sick in tired in ministry. How does ministry get done when you feel this way? How do you walk through a difficult season in a way that brings honor to God? I know my experience pales in comparison with the Apostle Paul:
2 Corinthians 11:24–30 (ESV)
24 Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; 26 on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; 27 in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 28 And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant? 30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
In the end Paul points out the importance of pointing to Jesus during and after our trials by boasting in our weakness. In doing this we announce that we are wholly and completely dependent on Christ. The work has to get done. Ministry doesn’t go on pause when pain, fatigue and hardship sets in. In fact, much of what comes upon those in ministry comes because we are doing work for Christ’s Kingdom.
So what do we do? We endure for His name’s sake. We boast in our weakness and our dependence on God. In our weariness, we don’t grow weary in doing good because He’s supplying all of our need. Sure, there will be seasons of sickness, disease, insomnia, tragedy…etc. How we respond is going to be key to bringing God much or little glory. Push on by the grace of God!
How has God helped you walk through difficult seasons in life? Share below!