I’m tired, worn out and just plain exhausted. There is still a long list of items unchecked on my ‘to-do’ list. And, I know if I don’t forge ahead it will just be more items added to an already overloaded schedule tomorrow.
But, I just can’t. go. on.
This isn’t just a physical tired. It’s a draining of the mind and spirit. Actually, it’s more like a slow, dripping leak that over time left my soul empty.
This is usually the point where, as women, we give ourselves a pep talk and convince ourselves that we can do this; “be strong in the Lord”, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
Good words. Seriously. Because there are indeed times when we can’t give up or give in; we shouldn’t let the weights of the world distract us from our ministry to our family, job or church.
But God —
(Don’t you just love “But God” moments)
From the very beginning, quite literally, God demonstrates an important lesson for us.
And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. Genesis 2:2 ESV
REST – Yes, sweet Jesus! Music to my ears!
Friend, it is ok to rest. Kick off your shoes, put up your feet and rest. Enjoy reading a book, drinking a cup of coffee, catch up on a tv show, or whatever brings you joy.
But, in the times of soul draining exhaustion, we should find ourselves a quiet place and sit in the stillness of His presence. Allow God to minister to us in the silence. No chatter, no prayer requests, no laundry list of things we need from Him, just the sweet stillness of His presence.
I pray if you need rest in your soul, you will make time to sit with Jesus.
Lord, thank you for showing us that it is ok to rest. I pray you will meet us in our time of emptiness and fill us with Your goodness. Bring rest to our weary souls and strength to our hearts and minds. Thank you for Your presence.
I have recently found what I consider to be one of the best instrumental worship CD’s. It is very quiet and meditative. It only has five tracks, but they are approximately 15 minutes each. This is great for me because it allows me to concentrate on His presence without the constant changing of music.