Life is so uncertain. The uncertainty of life causes the certainty of Jesus.
Or at least it should.
Beth Moore, in one of the studies I participated in years ago, described a time when she experienced a separation from God. It was the hardest time she had ever experienced.
I believe that is what I am experiencing at the moment. My zeal and zest for God has been lost. I am so confused as to how to get it back.
Read God’s word you say…… I have.
Pray more…… I do daily.
Get involved more……. And that is just it…… when I do…. nothing.
Talk about it……. Poor Mark, he doesn’t know how to answer this question. He listens.
I thought it was depression. I thought it was anxiety. I thought it was residue of the past creeping up into my heart. I thought it was all the changes in our church.
I don’t know anymore. I just have lost it somewhere.
So early this morning, I laid in bed trembling from the side effects of all the steroids that were pumped into me at the ER due to an allergic reaction that wouldn’t go away with even my 2 epi-pen shots…… another story for another day…….anyways, I was praying as to what is my spiritual problem.
I began to look back at when I was traveling on my spiritual blissful path. It was when I wasn’t working. I was writing daily. I was running our household and volunteering many hours at church as well as participating in every Bible study I could attend. I was literally bathing in God and soaking in all His grace, love, and joy.
Now, my time is tied up with work. An obligation I must fulfill. I have lost the energy to write every day. There aren’t any classes at church on Sunday evenings to attend. By the time I get home, cook dinner and think about going to Wednesday night Bible Study, I am either late or too tired to think much less attend. Listen, I get it. I don’t have the energy of a 20 or 30 something. I am teaching like a beginner teacher having to recreate the wheel just to get lesson plans done. I do honestly get it. But, there are other people that work just as much as I do and still have the zeal, energy and the want to.
Am I spiritually ill? I have taken Beth Moore’s advice and I am praying that God will give me the “Want to” again.
I know the repercussions of the hard hearted and the lukewarm Christians. That scares me. I don’t want to be that person, ya know?
I thought perhaps a drastic change is needed. I really don’t want to move to another church. I love my church family. But then again, I only feel myself fading into the background and no one is really noticing.
So anyways, why I am posting this I have no idea. I felt a nudge and thought what the heck…… perhaps, it would get me one step closer to getting the zeal back.
3 thoughts on “Certainly Lost the Zeal”
I love you and yours. We’ve loved South City and know we are where we are meant to be despite missing you. I know you miss me busting out your eardrums a row behind you. Bask in the waiting this advent season. God had such a great big surprise in what you will continue to do as you glorify him in name deed and action even through the doubt and worry life bogs us down and Satan tries to convince you there is no wind in your sails when God is slowly turning you with the current instead. We trust as we wait with Great anticipation for the things to come. You are dear to me
Oh Jessica! Miss your beautiful family behind me singing. Alas my eardrums have never busted and the melody your made only drowned out the wretched screeching I call my singing! God has been working on me for the past three years. I am about to blog about it in a few minutes. I believe God is calling. I am trying to find His voice as He calls me back.
I’ve been there before. Even during these moments God is still working in your life. This is a learning time. Keep leaning into Jesus and when the time is right, that zeal and passion will return. I’ll be praying for you.