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September 25, 2020
It feels like fall! I can’t believe it! My list from the beginning of the pandemic still includes “switch over closet,” which meant switching from winter to spring. I guess I’ll just skip that chore this year…
Earlier this week, I read an article about a “six-month wall” in the face of any crisis. The idea is that about six months into any crisis you hit a wall. You feel tired, a lack of creativity, frustrated that the crisis is still ongoing, and ready to do anything but be productive. We are a little over six months into COVID-19 impacting our daily lives in real ways, and I can’t be the only one that has hit this six-month wall. I think my whole household has hit it, but are we alone? This article offered strategies to move past the wall; they seemed helpful, but frankly, nothing sounded like it would actually bring rest to souls. Bodies, yes. Minds, yes. Souls, I’m less convinced.
If you, like me, have hit the sixth-month wall and your soul is tired, no amount of exercise or novel reading or puzzles or naps will cure that. The only place to go is to Jesus. Psalm 42 comes to mind, “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God?” (Psalm 42:1-2).
If you find yourself tired or your soul longing for something different, let me encourage you to find some time with Jesus. Quiet time, uninterrupted time, cell-phone free time, to listen and rest and sink into the sustaining grace that is being offered to you. If you have questions or need help with structuring time or finding ways to connect with God, I’m more than happy to have a conversation with you about that. Always feel free to reach out.
Friends, it’s been a long journey, and there’s a long journey ahead. I hope that you will not neglect meeting with Jesus, it’s the only thing that will carry you through.
I’m looking forward to in-person worship on October 4!
Rev. Brandi Tevebaugh Horton
Senior Associate Pastor
First Methodist Houston