Faithful Chick has posted today's scripture for pondering:
"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, you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)
As I read these words, the word "weary" jumped out at me. For the past two weeks, I have been telling myself that I am so tired, but the word weary perfectly describes my condition. I feel so exhausted that I can barely muster the energy to do much of anything. This weariness comes from the physcial tiredness that small children tend to cause--their abundant energy, their curiosity and need to explore, their frequent awakenings in the night, and their early morning risings. My weariness also comes from the repetition of the mudane; in short, I've been in a rut.
My husband has taken a week's vacation this week, and having him home has already helped relieve my physical tiredness. Just being able to sleep another hour in the morning knowing that I won't have to forego a shower for the day if I don't get one before he leaves for work has helped to rejuvenate me. Of course, having him here to help entertain the children has helped relieve some of the exhaustion and has helped to shake us out of our rut.
Still, these verses remind me that the ultimate refreshment comes from God's Word. I think that many times what tires me out more than anything is worry or emotional stress. By turning to the Bible, I discover that I can rely on God. I learn more about Him and see that He loves me and takes care of me. I don't have to be weary; God wants me to rest in Him. What could create a better night's sleep than knowing that our God is watching over me?