You may have heard this word or expression before but did you know that it actually is a sailing term? There is a place on the globe called the Intertropical Convergence Zone. It’s near the equator where the northeast and southeast trade winds come together. Right in the middle of these two zones there is not a breath of wind. It’s the doldrums. Years before motorized boats, if a sailor got his boat caught in the doldrums, he found his ship in an area where there was no wind and, therefore, no movement. In some cases they never got out and would die there.
What an interesting illustration of how some people feel spiritually. They feel like they’re stuck in a place and there is no way out. You feel like you’re dying. And the sad part is that usually people don’t even know they are there. We’ve all been there at times. You learn how to smile and act like everything is okay. It’s those times where something is wrong. Maybe it’s no sense of purpose or relationships seem empty. You don’t know if it’s emotional or physical or spiritual. Depression creeps in.
You may feel this way or know someone who does. What do you do about it? I wish there was a Bible verse that you could nail them with or know exactly how hard to shake one out of it but neither of those approaches will likely work. I think what we need to do is love them. Or if it is you, know that you are loved…in His grip.
Coach's tip – We all desperately need a place away from the invasive sounds of this world so that we can hear the sounds of another place and another Voice.
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The Doldrums from Fresh Air by Chris Hodges
Tip from The Bible Answer Book by Hank Hanegraaff
Wits End – What’s Going Into Your Head?