Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 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. (Isaiah 40:30-31, NIV)
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, NIV)
Happy Monday, Friends! I hope you all had a wonderful week and an even better weekend! We had, well, we had a week over here in Casa Boulware, which is why this devotional is a day late! What I thought was a runny nose from teething turned out to be bronchiolitis, sending me rushing to Urgent Care with my sweet baby early one morning. We spent the day in the ER where she slowly improved to the point where they were comfortable discharging us rather than admitting us. I was beyond grateful and so humbled by the many prayers and texts from our friends, family, and church small group.
I was also utterly exhausted. Just spent. And I was sick as well (I know, I know, moms don’t have time to be sick but I was. It was just a fact). By the following day, my toddler had also been hit with the worst of the virus but thankfully did not have the breathing issues that the baby did, due to his age. My husband and I both thought that there was probably no way we were going to make it to the end of the day. Exhausted doesn’t even describe it. Even so, we muddled through; wiping noses, getting take-out, tucking in on couches, and cuddling tiny ones for naps.
Throughout the day, I thought of my own mom and the times that I was sick as a child. I have no idea if she was also feeling under-the-weather. No clue. She just loved me, brought me soup, tissues, and whatever else I needed. Guys, she even gave me a little bell to ring sometimes. Just like on tv. She was so selfless as she carried as much of my burden as possible.
Maybe you feel me on this. Perhaps you are tired as well. It doesn’t have to be an illness, or even anything physical. Sometimes we are flat worn-out emotionally or, dare I say, spiritually. As I look at these two verses, I feel an immediate connection with the words used to describe how life can leave us feeling at times:
It even says that young whippersnappers feel this way! God does not leave us alone in our weariness though. He offers a bell, if you will. He provides:
The chance to soar on wings like eagles
The strength to run and not grow weary
Rest for our souls
Our circumstances may not change, but we are invited to “hope in the Lord”, to go to Jesus, learn from him, and trade our heavy yoke for his light one. The result is that we are provided supernatural peace, strength, and perseverance even as we are at the end of our own ropes. We will find the ability to rest in Jesus, even in chaos. To have inner strength by the power of the Holy Spirit, even when we are utterly spent. We will even find rest for our souls. Can you imagine?! I need that on my best days, not only on my worst!
This week, may our hearts remain in the promises of these verses. We don’t know what will come tomorrow, or the next day, or the next, but we do know Who will be there. We know that he does not change and he does not lie. His Word can be trusted. We can trade our weariness for deep soul rest. Oh friends, let’s call on him and hand over our burden to his capable and willing hands. He stands ready and waiting to give you his light and easy yoke. Run to him, rest with him, trust in his Word and watch as the Holy Spirit brings peace, rest, and renewal to your soul. Love to you, friends!