Spiritual Practice

Running on Empty

Rachel Simon

Lately, I have been tired and worn out. Some days I truly feel as if I am running on empty. I am in the school musical Jesus Christ Superstar; and since our school prides itself on professional productions, we always have long and demanding rehearsals. I am a Girl Scout, so I attend weekly meetings and do community service. I am also in Jack and Jill, a group designed to help African-American teens connect with one another and serve the community. When I add homework to all of these activities, I am left with little free time. I have some days off, but even then I find it difficult to relax and be quiet.

I will satisfy the weary, and all who are faint I will replenish.
Jeremiah 31:25 (NRSV)

Recently, I realized that I had been focusing on refreshing my body but not my spirit. Only God can refresh my spirit, and I had been neglecting God. So I slowed down and began to talk with God. While I didn’t feel instantly refreshed, I did feel relieved, as if a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. And as I continue to care for my spirit, I am beginning to find new energy for the rest of my hectic life.


5-SECOND PRAYER: God, when I am tired, let me rest in your presence and be renewed. Amen.


—from devozine (May/June 2007). Copyright © 2007 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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