When You Just Can’t Rally

transformersSometimes life feels like a Transformers movie—nonstop, heart-straining action that lasts an hour too long.

No matter how busy we feel or how many obstacles dash into our path, we don’t stop moving. There’s always that next thing to do, accomplish, acquire, take care of. Navigating life can be an exhausting cycle of pull it together and get it done.

Whatever it is.

Wouldn’t it be great if life came with a TV remote? We could power down our day the same way we power down Transformers on Blu-ray. We could get a snack, take a bathroom break, let our hearts hit a normal beat before we dive back into the rush. When our world fell out of control, we could hit pause and return refreshed and ready.


But there are no life remotes. No pauses. No stops. No breaks.

So—what happens when you can’t rally? What happens when you can’t pull it together and get it done?

What happens when you’re emotionally, physically, and spiritually exhausted and the thought of walking one more foot, finishing one last project, cooking one more meal, driving one more place, dealing with one more crisis feels the same as trying to cut a hole through a brick wall with a broken toothpick?

My great aunt used to say, “When you don’t know what to do, don’t do anything.”


She was smart. I think her wisdom applies here. When you can’t do anything, do nothing. Just wait.

God has a version of my aunt’s saying too.


“Wait for the Lord;

be strong and take heart

and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14 NIV).


It’s scary to fall off life’s train of get it done. It feels as though you’ll never be able to jump back on. But maybe God has a different train He wants you to ride. Maybe there’s a new destination.

You’ll never know unless you stop trying to rally long enough to start listening.

When you can’t rally, learn to rest. Create your own pause button. Stop. Breathe. Watch. See what’s coming next. You’ve been slowed down for a reason.

Take time to ask why.


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