Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; – (Isaiah 40:30)
Tired, tired, tired! Fatigue.
We are a weary, tired people. We suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia, and other sleep disorders.
We are tired of working, tired of waiting, tired of doing good.
Young adults are tired. Middle-aged people are tired. Old men & women are tired.
My congregation offers two worship times on Sundays; 11AM & 1PM. The 1PM crowd are mostly senior adults (75+). They say they cannot make it to the 11AM because it is too early to get up. I guess we really are all tired and weary. Even Jesus got tired.
In John’s Gospel, Jesus and His disciples were traveling through Samaria, and Jesus sat down near a well “because He was tired from the journey”. Life is a journey, and we get tired along the way. Some parts of this life journey seem longer and steeper than others, and we find we need to sit down and rest along the way.
We have recently learned of several couples calling it quits along the journey. Marriage is definitely in the “longer and steeper” category of life. And they grew weary. Weary of one another; weary of working, waiting, doing good to one another. It’s not an indictment. It’s just an observation.
Saturday I am officiating a wedding. I will ask them to pledge their vows to one another. And I will do so, standing there, knowing life & marriage gets weary and burdensome. They will have sparkles in their eyes. Their faces will be radiant with love. And they will be certain they can make it through the long, steep journey together.
What do I tell them? How do I prepare them? And will they even listen?
Jesus said to those following Him, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”.
If we are going to make it through this life journey, we need to come to Jesus. It is not a cliche. We need to learn to rest in Him. We must walk with Him, and we must stop and rest along the way. Our life journey cannot simply include an ideology of Jesus. We must know Him. We must walk with Him. We must rest in Him. And we must listen to Him. If we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, we will make it. It is when we take our eyes off of Him, that we begin to sink into the mire of this world.
Make your faith a priority this summer. Make Jesus central in your day, week, season, and life. Agree to make Him the center of your marriage, your family, your priorities. Listen: 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.
Keep fighting the good fight of faith!