“Do not grow weary in while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not loose heart.”
Watching the world around us can be very discouraging. You try really hard to reach out to others around you but they are too busy or don’t open their doors. You are doing what God asked you to do but there seems to be no response from those you are called to befriend and love.
We have tried to find ways to reach out to those in our neighborhood. It seems like we aren’t making a dent and those who choose to do wrong are loud and clear outside. You wonder what the world is coming too and then, duh, I remember what the Lord said. It can really make you think about how to be a witness in the world and keep your faith when it’s a mess out there.
I hear babies wailing and sirens too. I see teenagers wailing on each other with fists and language. I don’t see parents around to connect with their kids on a personal level. Texts replace talks. My family doesn’t always feel confortable being at our community pool because of the drinking, the music, and the atmosphere that is trying to put out the light. You almost want to drive into your home and shut out the world. That is tough when you are called to be the salt and light of the world.
That can make you want to give up and close your heart to others around you. Being discouraged is part of being a real person in Christ. It is easier to not do anything. It’s easier to ignore those “sinners” who are partying it up in your neighborhood pool. It’s easier to not care as much as others who don’t care that God loves them.
It’s easier but that isn’t the life God called us to. He knows we get discouraged. The Lord knows the times we are in and what kind of situations we are going to face. He knows when we need to get off the road and find a place to renew. We know in our hearts that this is a marathon race not a sprint. We know that the narrow road isn’t the popular destination for most drivers.
Being the oddball or the ones who don’t fit the mold can hurt. You have times when you wonder what in the world is really going on here. Is it really worth all the refection, loneliness, and frustration?
Remember Elijah in the Bible? He had a great victory over the prophets of Baal. Fire fell from Heaven, the prophets met a fitting end, and God’s people had their faith restored that day. However, Elijah was a little burned out and tired. He was challenged one more time by a wicked queen who said she would take him out. He ran discouraged for his life.
Elijah wondered if there was anyone who still loved the Lord and would serve him. He looked at the world through tired and discouraged eyes. The Lord had him rest up, eat, rest up, and reconfirmed what kind of God he served. The Lord knew his condition and how to put it back into reality.
He also reminded Elijah that there were 7,000 people who were faithfully still serving God. He may not see them but they were still doing God’s work in the world. He was not alone. God would see that His will would be done. He was still on the throne.
So, after a tiring week the Lord had me run some errands. I ended up at my local Target. I think the Lord just wanted me to look and listen. I heard a conversation behind me between a father and his two sons. The youngest one was demanding something but the father gently reminded him about his character and actions.
The father and the teen had a short but meaningful conversation about something they both were working on. It seemed like a healthy happy family. To top if off the cashier was pleasant and joyful. We had a conversation about honesty and how to live it out.
I walked away from that experienced reminded that there are others out there living out their faith. It may not be seen but it can be felt and like salt and light there actions influence a society. That can be one person at a time. I think that was sort of like roadside assistance to help me get back on the road of life.
I want encourage you to keep on the path the Lord has set before you. Whether you walk, run, or bike, The Lord is taking you to a place He can minister though you. If you are tired, get some rest and then get back out there. The Lord knows what it will take every step of the way. Nothing will be wasted and He will reach people through you whether you see it now or not.