I've been through a few of these storms. Never one this big obviously. But after the stress comes the exhaustion.
You've heard the weather man one too many times. You've had it with the lines at Home Depot. If you strip out one more screw to a hurricane shutter, you're going to scream. Sleep? Ha! We'll sleep during the storm. For the rest of your life if you meet someone named Irma your right eye will twitch. You're exhausted.
#1 - Pace yourself. Yes, we are all on a deadline. But don't die trying to get to the line.
#2 - Prioritize needs. Everything on your list will probably not get done. Make sure those unfinished items at not the most important things.
#3 - Ask for help. The best thing you can do is surround yourself with a team. Make sure you're on their team too.
1 Thess. 5:23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Let's focus on . . . and may your whole spirit and soul and body . . .
When your body is exhausted. Rest. You'll know when you're tired. Don't try to push yourself beyond your limits.
When your spirit is exhausted. Rest. Your spirit is the part of you that connects with God. It's nice to stop and pray. Read your Bible for a few minutes. Listen to some positive, uplifting music.
When your soul is exhausted. Rest. Usually, everyone but you will know if you are exhausted. You will be grumpy. Take a few moments to smile. It will help.
Yesterday I shared with you a story from Hurricane Andrew. 48 hours after it had devasted Florida City I was standing in the parking lot of a two story church. It was now a one story church. I saw a man emerge from the rubble shouting, "Praise God! Praise God! Praise God!" I thought to myself, I would be shouting too if I had lived through that. No, the reason for his exuberance was straightforward. His car started. Then he told me the following. Before the hurricane arrived, I parked my car right there where it was at. When the eye of Andrew passed over, I went outside to find it (a small Toyota) on the opposite side of the parking lot. Now the car has been returned to its original position, and it started right up. He got into his vehicle and drove away.
Keep looking for the good in everything you do. It will inspire you and give you strength.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, give me strength! Amen!
PRAYER #2: Dear Jesus, please make this hurricane speed up and move it farther out to sea away from everyone. AMEN!