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When Weariness Sets In-by Heidi McLaughlin

Posted: May 15, 2022

An article on weariness is what brought me to tears. Whoa…what brought on those tears? I don’t think I feel weary why did this impact me so profoundly? I realized this article hit a trigger and I recognized my spirit was weary. Anyone knowing me would quickly respond by: “Well Heidi, you have too much on your plate, you’re always on the move, no wonder weariness has set in.” But that’s not it. My personality and passions do propel me to add many wonderful things to my calendar, but this is not a physical weariness.

But this is not a physical weariness.

For two years we’ve hung on by our fingernails waiting for Covid to be over. And yes for the most part we’re back to normal but there is underlying and lingering angst and anger.  Too many of my friends are sick right now from Covid and stress.  Angry drivers have given me the horn and finger and some even shouting at me through their windows. Churches in Canada still do not have their “normal” attendance because many are still afraid and some have become lethargic. Isolation during Covid has caused miscommunication and misinterpretation. We’re not listening to each other and we’re dividing.  Some days I’m heartsick and that’s what is causing my weariness.

We’re not “loving one another and building each other up” as the Bible commands us to do.

This weariness always reminds me of the last two kilometers of my 5 K walk.  The first part is easy and I pray, hum and drink in the beauty all around me. Then I get to the last portion of the long and steady incline. I start to huff, puff and sweat even consider quitting and turning back.  I look ahead and the incline is too long, overwhelming and it would be easier to just give up. But then I have to refocus and re-adjust my perspective and keep a few things in mind:

  1. I’ve done hard stuff before and gotten through it.
  2. The hardships always prepare me for something bigger, greater and this is where I gain more wisdom and resilience.
  3. Stop looking down at the mud (or the incline) and keep my eyes fixed on the goal. The finished result. The satisfaction of making it through. The new and glorious things waiting for me at the other end.

The camaraderie along the way.

When emotional, mental and spiritual weariness sets in we need some tender soul care.  To refocus I pull away by myself with nothing to do but hike, walk or read.  I keep my eyes fixed on nature and God’s word, which is bigger and stronger than my seemingly small issues.  Sometimes I even cry. The Psalms are my source of strength and hope and I drink in those life-giving words. I put text messages; phone calls on hold and tone down my social media activity.  A tea or coffee with like-minded friends fills my soul.

If this resonates with you today, my heart goes out to you. But can I tell you: “Don’t give up.” Instead re-evaluate. Rash decisions made in the middle of raw vulnerability are not often wise or productive. Do some intentional soul care and give God space to speak to you.  His words will always take you on the path of rightness,  (is that even a word) righteous and restoration. God be with you.




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4 responses to “When Weariness Sets In-by Heidi McLaughlin”

  1. Janet Bayman says:

    Oh,Heidi,your honesty is always such a blessing and so refreshing. I pray that, even in the midst of your struggles you are able
    to sit down and enjoy that cup of fresh joy you so faithfully share with your readers.

  2. Teresa A Moyer says:

    Oh I totally understand that weariness. It is spiritual right now and that has transferred over to physical. Lots of prayer and life eval going on in my life right now. I understand weariness.

  3. CarolRath says:

    I attended your Fresh Joy conference at surrey Nazarene church on May 7th and what an amazing day it was!! I typically never grow weary or discouraged but was shocked to find myself feeling the very same symptoms you mentioned above, and that day lifted me right back up above all my ”covid weariness.” What a joy it is to be back and,again, filled with hope and anticipation! I invited my new friend to come with me and she thoroughly enjoyed it as well. We both left with our dry and parched souls feeling thoroughly nourished and refreshed. Thank you for your commitment to bringing joy and renewed hope into so many lives. Blessings and much love to you.

    • hmclaughlin says:

      Aww Carol, it is so good to hear you were at the Surrey location during the conference. It was so incredibly good to be together face to face I think that was the greatest encouragement of all. It was the worship that lifted my soul and filled my heart. Will you be in Kelowna any time soon? Sending love…Heidi

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