Day 89 | Tuesday, 16 June 2020
The word that I have heard lately is Fatigue. I have heard it in relation to COVID-19. It is summer. The weather is nice. People want to get out and resume what they used to do in the summer. However, we continue to hear caution about activities as positive cases are on the rise again in many areas. Fatigue! People want to hear some positive news about COVID-19. We want to hear that the hot zones are cooling. We what to hear that people are taking the precautions that are needed to protect against exposure to the virus. We want God to just Zap the world and take away this pandemic.
Fatigue may be affecting us because of having to wear a mask. Yes, it may be inconvenient, but the benefit outweighs not wearing one. Fatigue around following the stay at home order. Some of us have become so accustomed to staying home that we may have developed a fear of leaving our houses. Do I really want to go out and be exposed by people who are not taking the COVID-19 guidelines seriously?
Fatigue from not being able to travel to visit family members. Fatigue from not being able to go to our favorite restaurant and sit inside to be served a special meal. Fatigue from not being able to go into our houses of worship with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Is our fatigue becoming replaced with impatience?
How often in the scriptures to we read about the Israelites being impatient with God or God’s leaders? Moses caught a lot of grief from the people. They were so impatient that while he was on the mountain, they created a visible, touchable “god” as the focus of their worship and attention.
Proverbs 14:29 29 Patience leads to abundant understanding, but impatience leads to stupid mistakes.
Wherever you find yourself in this dilemma of fatigue or impatience, please remember that our God will walk with us and lead us. As the psalmist often wrote, “Your faithful love lasts forever, Lord!” Also “Our help is in the name of the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
O Lord our God, as we struggle daily with fatigue over all the changes calling for our personal adjustments, be patient with us your children. We know that you love us. We know that you care about us. We know that your Spirit leads us. Lord, quiet our fears and fill us with inner peace. Lord, Hear our prayers. Amen
Today: Help for those whose fatigue is overwhelming them.