Have you ever heard of “compassion fatigue?” It really is a thing. During times of crisis or disaster, the cries for help become so constant that emotionally a person becomes overloaded and shuts down. After a certain point, you just can’t process it anymore. It’s not that you don’t care, it’s that you CAN’T care anymore- it’s a self-protective shut-down.
Well, I’m a long way from that, but I AM suffering from “advice fatigue” on ways to deal with CoVid 19- both as an individual and as a minister for a church. My email box is flooded with things we really MUST do to take care of the brethren. Forget trying to DO all these things- I can’t even finish reading all of them. Good suggestions, many of them, and I want to be open to learn and expand our ministry options. But at the same time, you just can’t do it all.
Who are we listening to? Good question, that. I want to take in data, look at own unique situation, needs and opportunities, assess our resources, but then pray, and ask for the guidance that can only come from God himself. During this time of loud screaming needs and advice, it is the “still small voice” that spoke to Elijah that I want to hear today. And that takes study, stillness and solitude- made easier by social distancing, actually. It is not until we have accomplished these that we can really understand and move on Paul’s advice to the churches of Galatia-
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Gal. 6:9-10)