Some of my weariness results from good–even great–stuff. My older son will marry his beautiful, wonderful, the-young-woman-I’ve-prayed-for fiance in just over three months. My daughter has been accepted and received enough financial aid for her to be able to attend Dallas Baptist University this fall. My younger son continues to amaze me with his commitment to excellence in everything he does. Currently, that’s running hurdles (both the 110 and 300) on his school’s varsity track team. That means watching meets in the wind and chill. I typically peek out occasionally from underneath my quilt-tent.
However, some of my weariness occurs as a result of not-so-good stuff.
- My schedule is overcrowded. (I’ll admit I’m prone to this tendency.) With the aforementioned blessings with my kids come responsibilities (wedding prep, college prep, hours spent at track meets for 90-second races).
- My house is a wreck. (We had a garage sale last weekend, and I haven’t recovered. Enough said.) When my “nest” is ruffled, I freak out a little.
- I’m overloaded with work. (While this is certainly a blessing given today’s economic environment, I still feel overwhelmed by daily tasks.)
Sometimes it feels as though these two–the good stress and bad stress–battle one another for my time, energy, enthusiasm. I see them on a scale with the more challenging ones easily overtaking the enjoyable ones, to the point where I desperately need a break.
But when the frenetic pace of life closes in, God reaches out to me in the stillness through his word.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Matthew 11:28, Amplified Bible
If greater comfort can be found in this life, I don’t know what! These words–the powerful words of the Lord–wash over me like a soothing balm, reaching in the hidden crevices where stubbornness and pride and frenzy lurk. They protect, they calm, they reassure. They remind me what’s important in this life–and that’s not what I’m chasing frantically.
So, I invite you to join me–if only for today–and allow these powerful word to wash over you. Stop laboring so hard. Allow God to shoulder your burdens. Come into fellowship with him so he can help you rest. Then, and only then, will you feel refreshed.