Give me a word, Lord: I’M TIRED, BUT I’M GRATEFUL

Isaiah 40:31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

I Peter 5:10 In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.

Colossians 3:23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

This past week has been a busy week, but that isn’t anything new. It seems like every day of every week lately has been extremely busy. I feel like we are running ninety miles per hour, and the hours of the day run out before the tasks do. We’ve been rather busy at work for quite a while now. My second job, from which I was given a hiatus due to COVID-19, has decided to pick back up, and now that schedule is full. We’ve redone a few things around the house this year, and oh, let us not forget our regular chores around the house and the farm. Life is busy. It sometimes can even be overwhelming if we allow it to be, but instead of getting overwhelmed, I want to see the blessings in it. I’m tired, oh boy am I tired! Yet, I am ever so grateful.

I can complain (if I said I didn’t, I would be lying), but I have found that complaining never really benefits me at all. All complaining does is bring me down further, and it also brings those we are complaining to down. When my mind goes to whining zone, I try to move it quickly out of that zone and put it into the prayer zone. God hears words like these from this girl frequently: “Oh Lord, I am tired. I am irritable. I am exhausted! But God I am so grateful. I am thankful. Thank you for giving me the ability to complete these tasks. Thank you for giving me this wonderful career. Thank you for allowing me to work for you.” I’m telling you the truth. You may not feel less tired or less exhausted, but you will certainly feel much happier about being exhausted.

I am willing to guess that you are tired this morning too. It is Sunday. It is the day set aside to worship our Lord even more specifically than we do the rest of the week. You may be thinking that you are too tired to get to church this morning. You may have 1001 things on your “to do list” that need to be accomplished before the work week. You may think that this is your only day off, and you are going to enjoy it. Well, my friends, I challenge you to really, truly enjoy your day. That task list can wait. Get up, get dressed, and get to church this morning. My day is full. We have a WMU meeting at 9:00 am, then my husband and I teach Sunday School at 10:00 am, and then we have morning worship at 11:00 am. Our kids and parents are coming to lunch at our house at noon, and I can already smell the crockpot lasagna simmering, roasted asparagus, a fresh green salad with home grown lettuce, and there is a Razzleberry pie for dessert oozing with yumminess in the oven. Later this evening, our church is hosting a block party at two apartment complexes in town. We are going to feed and love on those people and share the gospel with them. Our day is full, but it is full of Christ…not full of me! I can rest in Christ today knowing that although today’s schedule is full, at the end of the day, I will look back and feel even more blessed than I do right now.

If you looked at my schedule, you might say that I don’t have time to slow down and participate in all of the activities of today, but I challenge you to see this. We are placed here on earth by our wonderful, gracious, loving Father. He created us in His image to glorify Him. That is truly our only purpose for being here. He has blessed us greatly with many talents. He has given us good jobs, nice homes, and wonderful families. He wants us to enjoy those things. He wants us to enjoy the blessings of life, but He doesn’t want us to enjoy all the “stuff” or even to wear ourselves down working on doing the “stuff”. He wants us to spend time with Him, in His Word, with His people, and glorifying and serving Him. If you have gotten too busy for God, then all I can say is you are much too busy!

Take today off from the busyness of life, and enjoy time with the Father. Join together with like minded believers. Praise His name. Rest in Christ today! I know you are tired. I feel you! I do! I am very tired too, but I am more grateful than I am tired. Today, I’m going to get out there and glorify my Father because I know that is where I will find rest!

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