With the hardships and the demands of life staring at us each and everyday, it easy to find ourselves in a place of desolation. Mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally exhausted from constantly pouring into the world around us. It is absolutely a beautiful thing when you can give of yourself so freely and generously. As a result, you must have something to pull from in order to give. You cannot pour into anything else if you are depleted. God took rest when He created the world. It is ok to take your time and find rest when you cannot pour into life anymore. When you are overwhelmed and consumed in your world, you can easily overlook what God is doing and saying to you in that moment. Do not forgot to pour into yourself so you can continue His work in your life. Let God have your moments of weakness; He will use them as He strengthens you.
This world will always meet us with the daunting and all-consuming tasks of life. When you are tired and worn out, thoughts of doubts and fear will start to infiltrate your mind. Not only is your mind affected, your spirit, emotions and body are now catching up with your intrusive thoughts. In this, you are still trying to pour from yourself into others. Someone that you pour into is not going to get the best version of you. When you profusely give to others, you want them to experience all of you and not pieces of you. In the same manner, give yourself that same grace over your life. God wants us to walk in clarity. To do so, we must be vigilant. There will be many times when we will become overwhelmed with life. There will be times when all we can do is cry. Pour out to God when those times happen. We cannot be utilized by others until we can provide a place to pour from.
God wants to pour His absolute best in you, so that you may continue to pour into others. You will want to be attentive to what He is doing. If you are distracted by your emptiness, you can fail to notice Him in the glory moments all around you. This life can be frustrating, heartbreaking and overwhelming. When you find yourself in those seasons—rest. There is power in resting. You gain wisdom, clarity and understanding through a sound mind. God wants us to encourage and pour into each other. We all have needed encouragement in this life and we will always need it. As much as you give to others, be sure that you are not pulling from a desolate place. If you are currently in a barren position, take the time to pour rest and revitalization in your life and God will pour His strength to you.
“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work.” -Genesis 2:2
“The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” -Exodus 33:14
“But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. -2 Corinthians 12:9