Rest for the Weary

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Have you ever been so weary that it doesn’t matter how much rest you get, because the exhaustion won’t go away. It seems to drill down deep into your very soul.

I think at some point or the other, we have all gotten that exhausted. In the busy world we live in, it’s so easy to overload our schedules with meetings, committees, children’s activities, and the day-to-day chores of the home. Before you know it, you’re exhausted.

Of course, there are practical ways to combat exhaustion. Get plenty of sleep. Learn how to say no and mean it. Exercise and eat right.

But sometimes our exhaustion comes from spending too much time focused on earthly, fleeting things and not enough time talking to God and waiting for His answer.  

In John 16:33 Jesus says, I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

What a beautiful promise. Jesus overcame the world and ALL it’s problems when He rose from the dead to give us eternal life. We can have God’s peace no matter how hectic our earthly world becomes. When you feel yourself growing weary, pray. Get connected to the Power Source that never needs recharging. Rest in His promises and don’t be anxious.

Philippians 4:6 says, Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.    

When our backs are against the wall, it’s easy to turn to God for help, but He wants us to bring everything to Him, no matter how small it seems, and give thanks for the answers He will give us.

And then wait for them. . .

That’s the hardest part for me. I want to charge into a situation and figure it out for myself, but God wants us to stay connected to Him and rest in His arms.   

Isaiah 40:31 says, but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;   they shall run and not be weary;    they shall walk and not faint.  

What an amazing promise. If we wait for the Lord to answer, He will renew our strength and give us the energy we need to keep moving forward.   

Mary Alford

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