A few years back, God said something to me during a prayer time that was one of those moments that you carry for a lifetime.
I was in a hurry that day, so I prayed for a shorter time than usual, and I remember moving quickly as I left my prayer room in the basement. As I was leaving, God spoke clearly, saying, it’s okay for you to go and tend to your work, but I cannot be rushed. I genuinely felt his grace and love and sensed that my prayer time wasn’t measured in minutes, but if I wanted the fullness of His presence, that could not be rushed. Whoa.
Waiting upon God is not always easy, but if you want to know how He is moving, you have to slow down and wait. 
I do too.
When we slow down for time with God, His plans become more clear to us. When God chooses not to make His plans clear, His presence alone is enough, but that process can’t be rushed.
Scripture is loaded with the idea of waiting. A few of my favorites are Psalm 27:14Isaiah 30:18, and Isaiah 40:29-31.
How might God be moving in your church that you don’t see at the moment?

2) Honesty with God is spiritually healthy. 

If you are frustrated, weary, anxious, even wondering if God is with you in your ministry, it’s good to tell Him. 
If you are wondering about your church’s future, remember it’s His church, and He cares more than you do, so be blunt. Talk to God about exactly how you feel. He can handle it. 
This kind of honest conversation with God usually leads to spiritual self-reflection. It’s in these kinds of prayers that the Holy Spirit often leads me to Psalm 139:23-24:
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139:23-24
Verse 23 uses the word “anxious” (NIV), but you can insert many different words that represent what you are experiencing. 
God will meet you there and often begins with the question, “Why?”
Why are your thoughts so anxious? 
Typically, I’m reminded it’s me, not God, or life’s circumstances, and He meets me there. My hunch is that it may be similar with you as well. 
This process leads to great peace, and your leadership burden becomes lighter because you remember you don’t carry it alone.

3) Figure out where you will get your water. 

Desert times, weary times, dry times can leave any leader thirsty. And we can choose to “get our water” or quench our thirst from a number of different sources. 
Obviously, God is our primary source.  
No one and no thing satisfies to the depth that God does. But in His kindness and according to the design of His creation, God gives us room to be human and allows us to be refreshed in several ways. 
But let’s first acknowledge a few ways that may seem like they satisfy the soul but don’t. 
  • Working harder – Hard work is good, but working harder to fill an inner void is not healthy. 
  • Gaining approval from others – The approval that matters most is from God and a small inner circle. 
  • Changing how you measure success – Lowering standards may make you feel better in the short term, but over time, it’s only changed lives that matter.
  • Justifying drift – Pressure can make any leader justify unacceptable actions. Drift from God can lower pressure, but it will not increase peace.
  • Unhealthy diversions – Unhealthy diversions may feel good in the moment but can become addictions and should be avoided at all costs. 
God has made room for your thirst to be refreshed, your soul satisfied, and your weariness to be lifted through ways such as:
  • The richness of friendships
  • The joy of laughter
  • The pleasure of a hobby you enjoy
  • The need for physical rest
  • The satisfaction of learning and growth
Again, nothing meets your deepest needs like God Himself, but don’t miss out on all that He provides.

4) It’s a great time to deepen relational roots. 

In my perspective, everything comes down to relationships. 
The first relationship began in the garden with Adam but became broken. It was restored through a relational covenant with Abraham and ultimately offered to all of us through a personal relationship with Jesus.  
It’s a foundational biblical truth that relationships are key to our well-being. 
Whenever you face a difficult time, a leadership weary time, or possibly a spiritually dry time, a refreshed and a renewed sense of well-being comes from strengthened relationships.
Pause for inventory and investment in your closest relationships:
  • God
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Colleagues 
Is there just one that could use your attention today?