Are you weary? Physically, mentally, emotionally?
Our world moves at such a fast pace today that weariness is often knocking at our door. It can arrive in obvious ways such as after a time of trial or during periods of especially hard work; it could be as a result of illness or through increased responsibilities which have taken a toll.
Weariness can be general overwhelm from spreading ourselves too thin over far too many tasks or an unrealistic attempt to ‘be there’ for everyone else whilst ignoring your own body or mind’s cry for needed rest and refreshment.
Time out at the feet of Jesus, resting in His gentleness and love, is where we need to begin when our physical, emotional and spiritual tanks are empty. We can’t give out to others when we ourselves are parched and weary, and to keep pushing ourselves when energy has drained or is at a minimum can at times be prideful, not helpful at all.
Till Jesus returns to take us home we shall regularly be faced with the temptation to push beyond our means, stretch beyond our human capabilities and for some, beyond their physical and mental health.
Today, if you’re feeling the weight of weariness, let me encourage you to stop. Seek a quiet space and lay every burden at the feet of our Saviour; soak in His life-giving presence; linger in His Word; find rest for your soul in the One who made it.
Slow down, remove some things from your to-do list, cancel extra activities, make simpler meals, plan your own quiet time each day - even if it’s just 20 minutes with a cup of tea, a little treat and a view of the garden.
And pray for His peace to surround you, that He would bring clarity to your situation, that His promise of peace and rest would cause the weariness of your body and mind to slip gently away.
True peace, gentle rest...forever found in Jesus.
May you know this deep within your heart today.
The Matthew 11:28 pattern is here.