I always know when I’m getting overly stressed when I start having “Restaurant nightmares”. I worked in the restaurant industry for close to 9 years as a cook. Working a lunch and a dinner rush can be extremely stressful. Orders just keep piling in one after the other. The ticket counter becomes a sea of little white receipts hanging in front of the window between the wait staff and the cooks, often times forming a complete curtain where the other side can’t be seen. Everyone is yelling, and rushing about. It can be chaotic.
“Restaurant nightmares” are when I have a dream of simply working during one of these stressful moments. Nothing weird is going on, people don’t start flying or monsters don’t appear. I’m just working. These use to be very frustrating when I’d get off working a double all day, to then go home to bed only to dream about being at work again (and then wake up and go to work!)
It’s been 8 years since I last worked in a restaurant but I still have these dreams when I get stressed out. It sounds sort of odd, but I guess that’s where my mind goes when I’m stressed.
I handle stress pretty poorly, I just try and push through on my own strength. Which generally leads to more stress and makes everything worse. Simply put, I run out of power. God however did not make us to “go it alone”.
If we leave our phones or computers off the charger too long they soon will drain of all power and be unable to function. We too need to stop and plug into the power of God before we find ourselves in empty.
He has given us the power of the Holy Spirit, an unlimited and greater source of power than we could ever imagine.
As our Summers begin to wind down and we rush to squeeze in those last summer events, while we also begin prepping for our fall routines; remember to stay plugged into the one true power source.
~ Shawn Jennings