“Sunday Night Syndrome”. It’s honestly a real thing. I don’t make this stuff up. (Plus, Google says it’s real so I’m going with it… 😉 )
But seriously, I do believe it’s actually a REAL deal of a psychological phenomenon.
It’s that “blue-ish” kind of feeling many of us get on Sunday evenings (or ANY evening, really) as the fun and relaxation of the weekend comes to an end and we get ourselves back into “go” mode for the work week/school week, or whatever kind of week you might be dreading!
Know what I’m talking about?!
I’ve been known to experience it from time to time, especially around the time an elongated vacation comes to an end (as in: summer vacation) or even the end of a special time I’ve spent with people I care about (as in: the last day of Bible study).
That’s where I find myself today – feeing the blues – because today is the final day of our Fall 2014 Bible study series:
So, yeah. I’m feeling a smidgen “blue”.
I know, I know. “All good things must come to an end”, and all that.
And yes, I know that we’ll start up again after the holidays have come and gone. But it doesn’t change the fact that, today, I’m sad.
But here’s the crazy thing. I’m also elated! I’ve seen friends grow exponentially through the study of this amazing book of Romans.
I’ve watched as light bulbs went on in the spirited minds of people in our study because of Paul’s honesty and willingness to share from his heart.
I’ve witnessed moments of faith, steadily maturing, as we full-on dove into God’s Living Word and let it change us from the inside out.
I’ve listened as people told stories of sharing insights with their families and friends (even in the grocery store!); I’ve been amazed at stories of spouses sharing back their own experiences.
And I’ve been overwhelmed with gratitude for a Father in Heaven who so graciously gives us exactly what we need, when we need it.
A God who speaks to us in inspired words penned 2000 years ago, yet still somehow relevantly apply to our life situations today.
A God who hasn’t once left our sides, even when we veer directly off course, and shines the light back on the path to encourage us to come home.
So, even in the feeling of not wanting this to end, I’m realizing there is an abundance of joy in my soul! There is evidence of change for the better; proof of His faithfulness, grace, and mercy; and a hopeful sense of anticipation for what’s next! Listen to this:
This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. Romans 8:15, MSG
So, my friend, maybe you’re like me today and facing the end of something you treasure. Well… take heart! God promises that if we stick close to him, something equally amazing (OR POSSIBLY EVEN BETTER) is right around the corner.
Experiences with our awesome God change us for the forever better, sweet friends. Don’t miss out on opportunities to participate in them. They exist all around you:
Join a Bible study; plug in to your local church; GO FOR A WALK; listen to some great music.
Have lunch with a friend; read a great book; hug your dog. Take a warm bath; write a letter to someone special; or simply BE STILL.
Let’s encourage each other not to dwell on endings, but instead, seek out new beginnings with God.
He’s waiting! Go find out what He’s got up His sleeve for you. I guarantee it’s gonna be good.
And speaking of GOOD…
Even though this session of Bible study has come to an end, we are already gearing up behind the scenes to get ready for our NEXT one beginning in early 2015 – and it’s pretty awesome! We’ll be announcing it soon right here. In the meantime, beginning next week, we’ll be moving our posting schedule back to Tuesdays. And not only will we be posting cool new stuff, but we’ll also be reprising some of our most popular posts from the past!
Thank you for your friendship, your comments, your insights, and your encouragement as we journeyed with Paul through his letter to the Romans! I loved every second of it and sure hope you did, too!
One last song before we go, tho! Check out this video for “Start a Fire” by Unspoken! It’s the perfect anthem for our God-ignited souls!
Peace, love, and JOY!!!
Up Next Week: The Beauty of Saying Thank You!