C.C. weary and worn out #195

Ever feel like that? too tired to continue? Maybe it’s more than physical fatigue. Maybe it’s mental and emotional exhaustion that has moved in and taken up permanent residence within you. The uncertainty of current events, the ever present and ever changing COVID related rules, restrictions, predictions and warnings take their toll daily until a day comes when we realize we have no memory of what it was to feel good – to walk out into this beautiful world unafraid and ready to embrace the day. Do you remember living like that? It was little more than a year ago, actually. I confess – it seems that it was a lifetime ago, a memory distant and almost forgotten – a life that so easily slipped away while we cowered in fear.

So today, many of us may find ourselves weary, worn out and at the end of our proverbial ropes. Actually, many of us may have passed that point months ago. What is the way out of this place of perpetual weariness in which I find myself today? You wouldn’t think the book of Jeremiah would be the place to turn for encouragement, considering Jeremiah wasn’t the most upbeat prophet around. Still, I found these words in Jeremiah 6:16,

“This is what the Lord says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.’ ”

Isn’t that what we all desire, rest for our souls? Soul rest is the best kind of rest. When I have soul rest, my body, my mind and my heart can be at rest also. Soul rest is a complete rest born out of relationship with the One who offers me this rest, who promises me this rest if – if what? In Matthew 11:28 I am issued an invitation to rest from Jesus Himself,

“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.”

Interesting isn’t it, that Jeremiah and Jesus both use the same words, find rest for your souls. I guess that’s because the desire for and the search for rest is a universal thing, we just don’t realize that it is a very specific kind of rest we actually need to be at peace – rest for our souls. We can get all the physical rest we need and still find ourselves feeling weary and exhausted, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Without soul rest, there is no true rest. Maybe that’s why Jesus offers what is best. Jesus offers what you and I truly need, when He issues us His invitation to come to Him.

What do I have to do to receive this rest for my soul? Jeremiah’s words and Jesus’s words in Matthew tell me the actions I must take – stand, look, ask, walk, come, take, learn, – all actions that are up to me to do. When I decide to do these things, I will find the rest for my soul that Jesus offers to anyone who comes to Him and takes His yoke. I wouldn’t have thought exerting myself with all these actions would bring me rest – but that’s what Jesus promised would happen and that’s what does happen when I take Him at His word and put Him to the test. I come to Him, I take on the yoke, I learn from Him, I look for the “good way” and I walk in it. – the good way is always the harder, more strenuous way – why would I choose that way if it is rest I am seeking? Because Jesus promised rest would be the result.

When I am following Jesus, wearing His yoke, I do find rest for my soul. Jesus gives me His peace and my soul can rest in that peace which only He can provide.

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

And when my soul rests, my body, mind and heart share in that rest – the rest that is the gift of God to His children. Psalm 23 paints a beautiful picture of what that rest looks like as I follow after Jesus –

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:1-2)

restoration, renewal, rest for my soul – what I deeply desire and desperately need – the rest for my soul that Jesus offers to me in Matthew 11:28, (remember?)

“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.”

rest for my soul – is available to me – I can accept Jesus’s gracious, generous invitation to come, take upon, and learn – receiving in return the soul rest that I seek – the answer and the antidote to my current condition of “weary and worn out.”

Now I understand why David wrote in Psalm 62 these words,

“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” (Psalm 62:1-2) then a few verses later David says,

“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him.” (Psalm 62:5)

David was fighting many battles. I’m sure he was tired and wanted rest. I think I understand David’s weariness and longing for rest. I am fighting many battles, too, every day. I bet you are too, dear readers. Long before Jesus issued His invitation, recorded in Matthew, to give rest to anyone who comes to Him, David had already discovered that the true rest he sought could only be found in God. Probably because it is soul rest that David needed and only God could give David that kind of rest. That’s what I want too – God’s rest, God’s peace, – the peace that passes understanding because it doesn’t depend on my circumstances –

My Heavenly Father knows I need rest, He understands my weariness. Psalm 103:13-14 tells me,

“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him; for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust.”

My Heavenly Father knows how weak I am and He will provide what I need – rest, renewal, strength to keep going, hope (the reason to keep going) – indeed,

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

no longer weary and worn out!

sincerely, Grace Day

2 thoughts on “C.C. weary and worn out #195

  1. what beautiful words of encouragement for those of us which is probably all of us who are weary and long for That Sweet rest which is only found in our savior . thank you for the words of encouragement you have spoken to us today.

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  2. I pray that today is all of our day of salvation where we may enter into the rest that grace allows us to make every effort to the attain. 🙇‍♀️❤️

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