For the weary soul

Galatians 6:1-10 

 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Matthew 11:25-30

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

“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.”

Oh I am weary today. I am tired. I want rest. I want a break.

You know this weariness, right friend? The kind that cannot be cured by sleep. The kind that rests deep in your soul and slowly bubbles up to the surface through simply living life. The kind that rises through never ending laundry and yet another load of dishes and preparing or eating or cleaning up from meals. The kind that surfaces through hours upon hours with little kids and reading the same book for the 500th time and drinking “coffee” out of a little plastic cup and sitting on baby folding chairs and vacuuming (again) and wondering where that smell is coming from. It’s in another diaper change, another clothes change, another bed strip.

Isn’t that life, though? As we move through the repetitive motions of simply living, we become weary with it. Whether we are at home or at work, the repetition moves from comforting and predictable to wearying. We begin to long for something to break the monotony, for a day to do something different.

We begin to question whether what we do has meaning at all.

We forget that before any success is a long process of living, training, being, doing, persevering.

That’s the key, right? Don’t give up. Keep on moving, weary soul. Drink up from the Word of God and let it refresh you. Take time to be still in the presence of God for renewal. It’s easy to feel bad and guilty for being weary.

It’s easy to look around and see the mess, the baskets of clothes that STILL aren’t put away, the dirty laundry waiting patiently for its turn through the washer, the dishes precariously piled next to the sink. It’s easy to be tired of the constant interaction with toddlers, the incessant talking, the occasional screaming, the spit up of an infant on everything if you take a second too long to get that burp cloth in place, if you get distracted for too long by something else.

But we just moving, right?

We keep checking our email and responding to the requests. We meet with our boss, we tackle the next step in our project and make that call we’ve been avoiding for two days. We check in with our coworker, log into our computer, enter the inventory, go to lunch with our clients, make notes in our patient’s file. We walk down the hallway to the next thing, offering up a silent prayer of strength, begging for a little more to get through the day, and then drive home in the weather and the traffic and hope for a respite when we get home.

So friends, let us not become weary in doing good. Let us come to Jesus for rest and renewal. We cannot do it on our own, but only through Christ who gives us strength and rest for our weary souls.

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