I am weary. It’s different than being tired. It’s a deep inside tired, the kind that no amount of sleep provides a refreshed mind and body. Unfortunately I am not alone. Many people I know are feeling the same way. Many are Jesus chasing, disciple making believers in Jesus Christ, some are in ministry. Why are so many people tired and weary these days?
A quick google search provides a list of the top 5 stressors for normal times and pre-COVID life. Another search just as quickly gave the list of top 5 COVID-19 stressors. See if any of these match your list ... information regarding the severity or contagious nature of the infection ... uncertainty of the length of quarantine and social distancing requirements ... changed social routines, time with friends ... changes in our daily personal care routines ... cancellation or major changes in scheduled celebrations, vacations, etc. I think it is quite easy for most of us to identify with many if not all of the items on this list.
For those of us blessed to be in ministry .... a well known Christian writer I know, recently posted “Every pastor I know is exhausted. They are doing twice the work doing stuff they are half as good at with almost none of the emotional and relational benefits coming back to them.” Pastoring has been a challenge during the pandemic.
But even in our weariness we have a high priest who understands our distress. John 4.6 states “Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime.” NLT. Jesus grew weary too. Yet He did not stop from doing what He was called to do. He thought of others, he was compassionate and He sought rest in time alone with the Father.
The next time you are tempted to hide under the covers ... and call it a day, consider one of these verses. Jeremiah 31.25 “For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing.” Matthew 11.28 “Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” 2 Corinthians 12.9 “ “Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” NLT
I am weary ... and in need of some some spiritual refreshing; some time alone with the Father. One of your favorites- Nathan Sayre, from CEF will be filling the pulpit for me the next couple of weeks. It will give him the opportunity to preach - which he loves - and give me a needed break. I will be available if you need me - just call, or message!
Be still, and know that, He is God.
Love ... prayers for all.