The Best Exhaustion Ever & How To Recover From Easter

burnoutAs I type this I am reflecting on what God just did at our church this past weekend.

We had an amazing Easter weekend at the Parkview Christian Church ~ Lockport Campus where I pastor.  950 adults and kids streamed through the doors and heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed.  2 people accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior and were baptized into his death, burial, and resurrection.  29 kids from slums of Nairobi, Kenya literally had their lives saved by our people’s sacrifice and sponsoring of them as part of our CMFi drive.

I witnessed newlyweds sitting in church as a new family.  I saw friends that had been praying for people to come to church for years sitting by that very person.  I met grandfathers that came to church for the first time. I teared up as I saw a father pick his handicapped daughter out of her wheelchair and hold her in his arms so she could worship.  I met a woman whose plane literally landed at 10:00 am that morning who ran to get her bags, drove home, started a load of laundry, and made it to the 11:00 AM service because she didn’t want to miss it.  People were hungry for Christ this Easter.

My staff worked beyond hard to help get the services ready.  They stuffed bulletins, set up Child Sponsorship booths, packed guest bottles, and organized volunteer teams.  Countless volunteers greeted, did sound, made communion, brewed coffee, played guitar, taught kids, directed traffic, and picked up trash.  Our staff and volunteers were hungry for Christ this Easter.

I was personally blessed to hear my daughter explain to me the REAL Easter story from Jesus’ birth all the way through her exclaiming “Jesus is Alive!” when told me Jesus wasn’t dead anymore!  My son took two steps for the first time, my wife is an amazing Christian wife and mother, and we are blessed beyond words in our life.  My family was hungry for Christ this Easter.

Yet all of this hunger for Christ, hard work, and excitement comes at a cost.  I am exhausted physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Don’t get me wrong I loved it….I repeat I LOVED it!

However even in these moments we need God’s healing and recharging.  Staying at this level of spiritual awareness and intensity is not possible this side of heaven.  We need God’s leveling in our life to allow us to withstand the long haul of our walk with Him and not peter out from exhaustion.

Thankfully the Psalmists new this and provided us a spiritual recharging point to turn to.

“You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.

Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.

I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.

I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;

    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.

Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.

I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me.”

  • Psalm 63:1-8

I pray that God meets not only me in the spiritual exhaustion, but perhaps you too.  Taking in the majesty and power of Christ crucified, buried, and risen can be an overwhelming experience.  You may need God to hide you in His wings to recharge and balance your life.  You may need to catch your bearings with your new “legs”  found in Him.

Wherever you may find yourself today rejoice in the God that meets you in whatever state you are in.  He is there for you, He loves you, and He will balance your life into the rhythm only found in Him.

363 days until Easter…I can’t wait! :)

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