Do you ever have those days where you just can’t seem to find motivation to do anything? Getting out from your warm fuzzy covers in the morning takes you longer than driving across the country. Those days where all you want to do is curl up in your favorite sweat pants and have a movie marathon. Times like these are rough and make it hard to accomplish anything. We all know what is like to have a #thestruggleisreal kind of day.
Do you ever have days where it is a struggle to follow the Lord? Maybe you are walking through a season where your flesh is so weak and you lack motivation to dig into scripture. Have you ever had a “dry” season where you feel like you are in the desert during a severe drought and you are thirsting for a spring of water, but can’t seem to find one? If this is you, let me encourage you with a few nuggets that have helped me along my dry seasons.
- Talk to the Lord
One of the best things you can do is be completely transparent before God about where you are. If God can speak the heavens and the earth into motion, he can handle your frail and flakey heart. Ask God to help you in the midst of your apathy and lack of interest. Beg him to revive your soul and restore to you the joy of your salvation. Plead with God to help you navigate through life by centering yourself on his promises, rather than your emotions.
- Open Your scripture
Isaiah proclaims to us that God’s word does NOT return empty. It accomplishes the will of the Father who sent it. God’s word is powerful. My friend, it is sharper than any double-edged sword. It is your best offensive weapon during battle. It is in the desert when you need God’s truth the most. Rather than dwelling on your frustration and lack of motivation, fix your mind of the things of God. Saturate your mind with his Word. He who has called you is faithful.
- Reflect on God’s Faithfulness
Spend time writing down all the ways you have seen God be faithful in your life. Closely examine his care and provision over your life. It is in those moments where we pause from our emotional disappointment and dwell on God’s goodness in our lives when we DIDN’T deserve it that provides us the perspective we need. This doesn’t mean you are going to suddenly have a change of heart, but it does give your heart and mind a friendly reminder that we are nothing without Jesus. How sweet it is that even in our lack of interest to pursue Jesus he still pursues us. Thank God that his love for us is constant regardless of how fickle we are.
Following Jesus is a daily sacrifice. Nobody said it would be easy. There are days when your flesh wants to do so many other things, but Jesus is better. He is better than the temporary satisfaction the world can provide. Jesus is better than the extra 30 minutes of sleep in the morning. Jesus is better than any retweet or likes on instagram. He is enough. He is faithful. Jesus is worth pursuing even when we don’t have the motivation to do so.
By: Lauren Bush
Girls Ministry Leader