Monday, April 27, 2009

BURNED!!!

Ok...a couple of things to spit out of this brain of mine...I'm in a fog today.

We had a baseball tourney in Memphis this weekend and let's just say this momma got BURNED! Burned as in sunburned. You know how it goes...the first beautiful weekend at the fields and we just had to lay there and get our lily white selves some sun. And, boy did we.
I could feel the cookin' taking place and put some sunscreen on after about an hour. Yes, AFTER an hour.

Needless to say...as I drove home Saturday night, I could still feel me getting cooked. I could feel it. I was so hot sleeping that night that I felt like I was at the beach. You know that feeling. I can just hear my mom and everyone saying..."You know you should have put sunscreen on!"

I know it. I didn't want to.

Sunday afternoon rolls around and I'm right back at the ball field, but this time I'm in the shade. No sun. I was hurting. I couldn't move well. Shoulders were achy. Ankles were burned. It was ugly. Plus, my energy level had apparently been zapped. I had none. A sunburn will do that to you and I had forgotten that as well. ;)

Honestly, I knew better on Saturday, but I kept on torturing myself anyway. Isn't that what we do?

We know better, but we do it anyway.

I just came out of another kind of "burn." This past fall and early winter was a terrible burnout season for me in my job at church. I all but begged God to move me, take me, let me go. It was so painful, hard, hurtful, paralyzing. Just like that dang sunburn. I couldn't sleep at night. I was all wrapped up in this burnout that was happening in my life. And, it would not go away. Honestly...can I just say it....it sucked.

However, in the flash of a moment, God set me in the shade. And, that is where I still am. I'm sitting in His shade. I am truly sitting under His wing. He is truly carrying me and allowing the burn to heal. It is taking some time.

Right now I look at the shade as more than a way to avoid the sun. It's actually a great place to see the SON.

I hope if you are tired, worn out, burned out....you'll find yourself some rest in the shade. I don't think I want to come back out and get burned again. I'm praying for the strength and courage to only do what I can do and not spin out of control......no matter how exciting it seems out there.

So, get yourself in the shade. And.....it might not be a bad idea to keep sunscreen with you too. ;)

Love y'all....thanks for being the best friends ever!!!

16 comments:

Teri~Facedown said...

Thanks for sharing this Frannie! I'm so thankful you are in the SHADE! God is good!

Love you girl!
Ter

beckyjomama said...

MAN! Girl, you are GOOD! Gos is so using you to speak to me right now. I love you so!

Holly said...

Praying for that sunburn to turn quickly to a beautiful tan.

Also, praying for the shade to be a blessed season for you and your family, Fran.

Melinda said...

Oh, but I've felt that burn before! Enjoy the shade sweet friend; it won't be long before you're ready to be brought back into the light.

XO Melinda

HisTreasuredPossession said...

Great word, Fran. reminds me so much of Jonah.

Praying for you!

Sheryl said...

Thank you for sharing that Fran. I really needed it. I'm feeling that way right now. I have no time. I am now working for 4 ministers and most of the time I want to pull my hair out.

My daughter had a major breakup with her first love and they are in EVERYTHING together at church. Lots of drama there (and tears).

My husband is out of work and (forgive me) but seems to be content at home. GRRRRR.

OK, whew. I feel a little better. Know what would make everything better...I need me some of that shade from the Master.

From my heart,

Sheryl

ocean mommy said...

Boy do I get this one...

You know I'm praying and love you dearly.

Hugs,
steph.

and my word verification is : RESTE

connorcolesmom said...

Goodness that was well written!
Sitting in God's shade and His protection is the best thing we can do
And by all means we all need some SON-screen
Love it!!
Miss you
Kim

Midwest Nest said...

Hoping that your burn heals quickly.

Mary Lou said...

That was a beautiful thought that will stay with me for a long time. Sitting in the shade learning of and from the Son. May His light continue to shine brightly from you. Blessings...sweet "neighbor".. Mary Lou

Inksstillwet said...

God is just so faithful! Praying that He continues to let you soak in His shade because you know He will get you back out there where the sun is bearable. This must be a time of His renewal and refreshment for you. Enjoy every moment of it!

Linda said...

So sorry about the sunburn. Love the shade analogy. :) Let me know next time you are here if able I can just come see some of one of the games.

Gayle @ thewestiecrew said...

I rilly love that you just flat-out say that it sucked. Sometimes things just do.

So glad you are in the shade now, friend.

Lindsee said...

Oh, sister.

Burnout is so common among ministry workers and I totally understand. I am praying so hard that the Lord would be my strength, because I don't want to be a statistic. HE is greater than our burn out.

Praising HIM for your restoration! Love you, sweet friend.

Linds

P.S. So, I am thinking I might becoming to your ole' stomping grounds in October! I really want to see all of you and just don't think I can wait till January. Praying about it and hopefully planning on it! :)

A Stone Gatherer said...

Your statement "I just came out of another kind of "burn." This past fall and early winter was a terrible burnout season for me in my job at church. I all but begged God to move me, take me, let me go. It was so painful, hard, hurtful, paralyzing. Just like that dang sunburn. I couldn't sleep at night. I was all wrapped up in this burnout that was happening in my life. And, it would not go away. Honestly...can I just say it....it sucked." has so been me at times and God set me in the shade too! I love how he does that! He has us where we are for a reason, we just need to keep being obedient, and I know some day the call will be lifted! but in the meantime, He keeps me covered!

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