Have you ever been so bone-weary you can hardly move? Or exhausted due to lack of sleep, a burden of stress, or guilt due to sin?
I have. I’ve stayed awake mulling over mistakes I’ve made, doubts that eat at me, and frustration from stress. I’ve lost sleep with a fussy baby, a dying father, and heart-broken teenagers. Regret, guilt, shame, concern, worry all eat away at the soul and the body.
How about weariness from doing good?
On Sunday, we attended our granddaughter’s graduation ceremony, then took care of the root beer float table at the party and cut cake and served it. On Tuesday, I sat through two kindergarten recognition events, then took one of the boys out for a ice cream. On Wednesday, the Dean invited the college staff to attend his party—it was fun and much appreciated, but I was one of the organizers (lots of work and on my feet.) On Thursday, I could barely stay awake. On Friday, I had my yearly evaluation. And all of that was on top of my wake up at 6am and go to an eight-hour-a-day job kind of life.
Being weary doesn’t always come from negative stress, sadness, or suffering. Sometimes the good times wear me out, too. Regardless of why I’m tired, I need to follow the advice I’m about to give.
Prescription for the weary:
- Pray before you go to sleep so your mind is clear and your heart unburdened
- Count your blessings
- Say no when overwhelmed
- Find a quiet place to think about beautiful things
- Read to relax
- Take a nap
- Go to bed early
These are just a few suggestions. You may have something you like to do to relax and rejuvenate. No matter why you grow weary, the good news is–God never does. He gives strength to the weary and joy to the broken-hearted. His goodness never ends.
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.