Do you ever feel totally “whipped”? I mean tired, exhausted, strung out and empty?
If you’re a pastor or a Christian leader in any capacity, and you haven’t felt that way, you’re unlike any I’ve ever known. It comes with the territory.
Several years ago I was flying into Cairo, Egypt and we made our approach over the vast Sahara Desert. Unlike the Mojave Desert in California, which I saw so often in my younger years, the Sahara is devoid of cactus, tumbleweeds or any other visible signs of life. From the air you could see nothing but white sand for seemingly endless miles.
As we flew closer to Cairo something incredible happened to the landscape below us. It looked like someone had made a line in the sand below us. On one side was the desolate desert, immediately on the other side was lush, green vegetation. Upon some simple investigation I learned a valuable lesson. There is almost no rain in Egypt. All of the vegetation is dependent on the waters of the Nile River. A vast and complicated system of irrigation has been developed resulting in beautiful, green patches of life alongside the arid desert. This system has worked beautifully for thousands of years. Now, what in the world does that have to do with you and me being worn out from family, work and ministry? Glad you asked.
I came across an incredible Biblical principle several years ago that changed my life. I was reading in Deuteronomy when I came across this in chapter 11: “The land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden. But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven” (vv. 10-11).