When Our Souls Are Weary

There are days, like today, where I’m tired. I don’t feel like cooking dinner. I don’t feel like picking up one more piece of laundry. What I’d rather do is take a little nap and let my jobs for today be taken care of tomorrow.  I know that this feeling is just today. Today I just happen to be tired. A little caffeine, a little fresh air, a little just keep going attitude and bedtime will come soon enough. Tomorrow is a new day.

There are other days, perhaps weeks if not months, where after a time, our souls become weary. Life has burdened us. It has pushed us toward the edge of what we feel like we can deal with for much longer. We are not just tired from lack of sleep, we’re wondering if we can do another day. If we can enjoy our day beyond simply functioning through it. Some days feel like just ticking time off the week. Just marking the to do list. Our attitudes don’t glorify God. Joy is far off, and hope is waning.

I was feeling this weight a few weeks ago. Weary from carrying other’s burdens, from extremely busy days. Late nights and short mornings with full days in between.

On one particularly weary Sunday morning God spoke through my pastor husband as he reminded his congregation that if we are tired “there is a God out there who WANTS to give you His strength, you just need to ask him for it.”

Isaiah 40:31 says: “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.”

Often it seems we try to work through our days on our own strength, like we think we can replenish ourselves. A pot once emptied, can’t refill itself. It’s okay to ask God for strength. It’s okay to say we are tired. To put the list aside and take a little nap. To admit we can’t do it all. It’s okay to rest and hope in the Lord, taking His strength that is far stronger than anything we can gather from inside ourselves.

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