I have been blessed with an iPhone and one of the things that an iPhone does is indicate when battery life is decreasing. It will warn you when your battery hits 20%, it will again warn you when your battery hits 10%. When it gets below 10% you really begin to pay attention… Very randomly over the past numbers of days I have seen my phone hitting 9% and it got me thinking, there are some times that we can feel at about 9%. So what do we do when we’re feeling about 9%?
There is no doubt about it, life can get so busy at times, so overwhelming, so frantic, so fast-paced. Between family, and kids if you have any, work, church and ministries and everything else that life throws in, it’s very easy to become exhausted, weary, even irritable. You can feel like you going under water slowly! It’s in these times when you feel drained, that you begin to over-think things, you may even act out of character. So what might God be saying in the middle of the busy? What are you meant to do when life isn’t for stopping?
The obvious answer is to slow down! Just like a car’s engine does not run smoothly if the rev counter is continually in the red, we won’t function properly when we try to constantly live in the red zone. If that’s you, if you’re burning the candle at both ends, if you are not giving yourself a minute, placing too many demands on yourself and never sitting still, then a good piece of advice for you is, “Be still, and know that I am God” Ps 46:10. The Bible calls those who will not work lazy, but it calls those who will not rest disobedient. Allow yourself to breathe and take time to sit at Jesus feet. Let Him remind you why you are here, what His purpose is for you, and what you, not what you do, but what you mean to Him.
But what if it’s not just that you need to slow down? What if your 9% feeling is due to unanswered prayers, no breakthrough in problems, or the persistence of a challenging career, circumstance or personal struggle? I pray as you read this that you will be overcome and soaked through with a God-perspective. I pray that you will literally feel the tangible presence of our gracious, loving, ever working in our lives, Heavenly Father.
You need to know that in your weakness He is strong, in your disappointment He is sovereign, in your waiting He is most definitely working. In fact He is always doing in our lives, and even what the enemy means for evil God will turn it for good. Do not give up, do not give in, but allow His truth, His word to saturate your inner person.
I have recently been trying to plant seed in my back garden to repair some damage caused to the grass. I have very quickly learnt that the seed will not germinate if the soil is not properly prepared. I have been relating this to my heart and the seed of God’s word. God is always speaking, but sometimes our hearts are not able to receive what He is saying because they are ‘not properly prepared’. We can unknowingly allow distractions, busyness, hurt, disappointment, frustration, negativity and a host of other things to rest in our hearts. These things, when left undealt with, actually prevent God’s word from germinating in our hearts. But we desperately need His truth growing in us. It’s His voice, His Word, His presence that sustains us, charges us and pushes us forward in Him.
So what am I saying to all you who currently feel you’re at about 9%?
I refer you to truth: And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Gal 6:9
But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. 2 Th 3:13
I urge you to hope: Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Rom 15:13
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Rom 8:28
I point you to Jesus: Come to me all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Mt 11:28
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Jn 14:27