Uncertainty can make us tired.
All of us have been living with the uncertainty of our questions about when, how and what in this season. When will things change? How will things go with the economy, the virus? What will life look like as we try to resume activities?
We are not where we started, that is for sure. We are not at the end, that’s pretty clear too. So we are in that awkward stage of this season – the place where the end is not in sight, and the beginning is fading from our view – some have called it – the land in-between.
The uncertainty found in our questions is compounded by our own individual realities in our family, our work, or other concerns that have cropped up in this season. For many of us, we are in the land in-between.
It’s during this time we need to pay attention to our own hearts and to each other as well. As the challenges compound, they can become overwhelming, and discouragement carves out a home. For many, the idea of hanging in there seems harder each day.
As we trust God in this season to care for our needs, we also see how the little habits count for the long haul. It’s been a few years since we’ve talked about the value of keeping watch over the tanks of our life – but it applies here.
The tanks we’re talking about are:
the emotional tank
the physical tank
the spiritual tank
As we have previously shared, these tanks all leak each day, they need constant care and refills. An empty or unattended tank will speed the others tanks to feel empty too. All the tanks are interconnected. There is a low tech term for the way our lives and emotions start to look when tanks get to empty. It’s called “crispy.”
These basics are not new, but so critical for us, and for us to encourage in others. Our friends and family members in isolation may need our encouragement to “hang in there” as the pressure mounts on them. This season is a challenging one of living in the land in between.
Don’t neglect your tanks, and as you are able, continue to check in with those around you about their tanks too. In this time of fragile emotions, the compassion of Jesus is a bridge we walk together in this land in between.