I’m tired. Somehow a crazy season at work (and I do mean cuh-razy!), lots of travel, the grad school semester winding down, and a recent bout of sleeplessness are just not mixing well. All the yelling happening on TV and social media right now isn’t helping either.
Right about now, I’d love to feel some sand between my toes and hear the roar of the waves.
Because somehow I’m not quite at my best when I’m this tired. No surprise there, huh? I bet you’re not at your best either when you are tired. And I just know I’m not alone in this tiredness. Somebody please tell me I’m not alone here!
Two Sources of Strength When We Are Just too Tired
People who can lift you up. We all need a little help from our friends every now and again. I have to stop thinking that it’s a badge of honor to keep on going, trying to do more than is humanly possible, and all without asking for any help. Maybe that’s what God gave us each other for – to help one another out.
During a battle with the Amalekites, God told Moses to keep his hands lifted. And as long as he did, the Israelites were winning. But who can keep their hands lifted for hours without a little help?
When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. Exodus 17:12
Furthermore, Moses isn’t the only one who has needed some help. David had Jonathon. Naomia had Ruth. Esther had Mordecai. Jesus had Peter, James, and John. Paul had Timothy. It’s not weakness to rely on those who can lift you up.
A place to take our burdens. This one is easy. Jesus has told us to bring our burdens to Him and He will give us rest.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
It’s easy, but somehow we just don’t do it. We don’t answer the invitation that is ours to accept. We just keep trudging along, trying to handle it all ourselves. But Jesus has said this is where we can find rest. I’ve just gotta start taking Him up on that.
God’s Promise to Us
The testimony today is this: when we allow God’s people to help us and we take our burdens directly to the One who says He will give us rest, we find strength. Because God never grows tired. He understands us in ways that we can’t even imagine. Finally, He promises that we will run and not grow weary.
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
I don’t know where you are today, but again I suspect I’m not the only one on the struggle bus. So let me encourage you to look around and ask for help. In return, would you encourage me to take my burdens to Jesus and find some rest?
Because when we do, we will all be able to run and not grow weary.
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