Are You Ready to Throw in the Towel and Stop the Fight?

towelAre there days you are so exhausted trying to explain your symptoms you are ready to give up the fight? Shelly explains.

“Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1).

I write this to those of you who feel you are just done trying to tell medical staff that something is wrong, because they don’t seem to listen.

The ones who are tired of telling people about your pain and it getting you nowhere–except for having them doubt you even more. This is because they don’t find anything in the battery of painful tests that should give them the answer.

I write this to each of you who are ready to throw in the towel and just keep your mouth shut . . . and not say anything more.

How well I know that feeling. If I had a nickel for every time I threw in that towel . . . let’s just say that’s a lot of Happy Meals.

But somebody always picks that towel up and wipes my tears away with it. Then they hang it back across my shoulder, because I matter too much to let the devil win like that.

You matter too much. So this is me, picking up the towel. I’m wiping away your tears–and mine too–since I’m crying with you. I’m placing the towel lovingly back over your shoulder.

We can sit here a while together, because everyone needs a break sometimes. Even Jesus rested.

But then, we’re going to clasp hands and we’re going to get back up and try again.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

Prayer: Loving Father, Thank You for allowing us times of rest with no condemnation or pressure. Thank You for brothers and sisters who plop themselves down beside us, who grieve with us, and who never let us give up. Our hope is in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

About the author:
Shelly Hendricks is a wife and mother of 2 amazing kids. She was a teacher and a librarian in another life. She also suffers from Intracranial Hypertension and Essential Tremor. She had brain surgery in 2012, followed by a revision in 2014, and now considers herself to be a ‘bionic woman’ who is learning to walk again. Disability has been hard to deal with, but she depends on God for all strength and hopes to encourage others on this journey, through her blog at

This is “Never Alone” sung by Barlow Girl. Shelly introduced me to this song and it is simply beautiful. If you have ever called out to God . . . and then waited . . . and just found silence, I think this song will comfort you. Never give up. -Lisa