We will all walk in the desert. You know what I mean: that time of life when everything seems dull, when you are tired of doing nothing, yet nothing seems interesting; that time when you can't bring yourself to read your Bible. It's that disconnect from your brain. You know what you should be doing, but you can't do it!
Paul struggled with the same thing. In his letter to the Roman church he says,
"I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do...For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it."
That was a mouthful! In short, he knows what is right, yet he always does what he knows to be wrong! Anyone been here?? I'll bet everyone. I know I have, constantly! And constantly, I find myself falling into despair because I can't snap out of it.
So how do we move out of the funk?
1) Realize that everyone goes through this. We are not the only ones wandering the desert. Have your pity party but keep it quick!
2) Get outside. It's amazing what a quick walk around the block will do to clear the head! Go for a picnic, take a friend or a pet! Just get out of the house!
3) Reconnect with God. This will be the hardest thing to do, but even if your brain isn't registering your spiritual starvation, I guarantee that your spiritual life is! Read your Bible, watch a God centered movie (Veggie Tales are great for this!), listen to praise music. Do whatever you can to keep your mind on God.
A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
What do you like to do when it's your turn to wander the desert?
Until next time,
~Dios les Bendiga~