You’re at the end of your rope. You’re wiped out. You’re overwhelmed. You’re having trouble keeping things going. You feel alone. You’re just D.O.N.E.
In 1 Kings 19, the prophet Elijah says this. He has just come off of an incredible victory over the prophets of Baal. He stands them down, God shows up and performs a miracle and Elijah is flying high! What an incredible moment… then just a few verses later, Elijah, afraid for his life says to the Lord…. “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” Then he laid down. He was D.O.N.E.
Jeremiah cries out in chapter 45 verse 3: “I am weary with my groaning, and I find no rest.” He was D.O.N.E.
Have you felt like that? Do you feel like that now?
I can relate. I’m in one of those seasons of life where on one hand, God is doing great things, He’s using me, He’s encouraging me and I feel like I’m doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. On the other hand, I’m D.O.N.E. I’m tired of running, tired of trying to keep it all moving in the right direction, tired of living like this. I’m not talking about just being busy. I’m talking about just being tired of living on “empty”. I need to recharge my life. I need to refocus my energy. I need to remember what it is I’m supposed to be doing but the problem is I can’t because there are some really important things coming up that I need to be ready for. It’s a cycle and when you are in leadership it comes at you from time to time and you need to figure out how to live through it and how to lead in it.
In my life, the best help to me when I go through times like this is found in Matthew 11:28-30. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Once I remember who it is I’m serving, and I actually find that “rest for my soul”, I then find the clarity to navigate through my lists of things to do, the pressure that surrounds me and the demands on my life and leadership. I can’t do this with my own strength. It has to be His strength.
Elijah learned this lesson. I need to learn it as well.