Jesus had a special regard for a certain group of people. You may be among them.
I know I am.
It’s the work-weary. The fatigued. The sleep-deprived. The downright exhausted.
To us, Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).
Rest! What a sweet word that is.
After completing our first month of the eight or so we spend home-schooling each year, I am tired. Long days of teaching (which I love) and preparing lessons for the following day (which I don’t love so much), as well as keeping up with daily life, have left me a couple of hours short of the eight hours of sleep I need each night to function at my best.
But as a dear Christian lady I know once said, “God doesn’t promise you’ll never be tired. But he does promise to help you through those tired days.”
After all, Jesus can certainly relate to exhaustion.
Scripture says that during his ministry, he often had no place to lay his head at night. Many times, he awoke during the wee hours to commune with his Father. On the Sea of Galilee, he slept at the bottom of a boat during a wild storm. In Gethsemane, he spent a sleepless night praying for his disciples and for us as he considered the Crucifixion and all else that lay ahead.
Today, he is still praying for us at the Father’s right hand.
So, though we may be tired, we don’t need to feel isolated or defeated in our fatigue. We have a Friend and Father who invites us to turn this burden over to him, and who promises to give us rest.
Are you weary? Come to Jesus.
Verses to Consider
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety. – Psalm 4:8
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. – Psalm 16:9
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. – Psalm 91:11
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. – Galatians 6:9