Frayed, ragged, shabby and tattered are synonyms for worn. While most people will visualize a physical condition, there are other ways to become worn. Counselors, psychologists and therapists can become emotionally overwhelmed by a patients life. Meanwhile, clergy, pastors and spiritual leaders may be shaken by the problems of their flock.
“Man is also chastened with pain upon his bed, and with continual strife in his bones;” Job 33:19.
When disease, illness or sickness strike individuals, just getting up for a moment can make someone exhausted. Depending upon the severity of a condition, physically features may be altered. Without a cure or medicine to improve, bodies will continue to deteriorate. In the passage below, time has a way of wasting away bodies.
His flesh is so wasted away that it cannot be seen; and his bones which were not seen stick out, Job 33:21.
Currently, I find myself in a different state of worn. One that involves a loss of energy, passion and vigor for life. Trying to keep any type of positive momentum is a grind. Thus, I struggle to experience joy in this life. Perhaps I need to remember the words of the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12 embracing my weakness so that Christ may be strong.
by Jay Mankus