Devotionals, Five Minute Friday

Tired No More, His Burden is Light

This world is not long for me, or for any of us. Even from my beginning, I have been on my way out.

Five Minute Friday: Tired

At this point, I have come to my perpetual tired-stance, looking through shades of fatigue and a fog of exhaustion.

Blessed, I have seen, done, and taken part of many glorious opportunities in my years. I have climbed mountains, birthed babies, crossed oceans and wandered this nation’s landscape. I have voted for government officials, and rallied in hope for life. Swimming with fish was sightly daunting, but mothering has never been.

War has affected my children and death has been tossed across life before my eyes.  Arguments have broken up family ties, and signs of hatred have been splattered across television screens. Chronic illness has followed me since I was a youth, and depression weighs me down.

Brokenness is everywhere and is every man’s bondage. Tired is an understatement, something that needs to be addressed, and should be cracked open.

After dragging through another week of aching limbs and foggy thoughts, I have decided that even when I feel like I would rather hide in the closet, it’s time to splash the face with cold water and wake up! Life doesn’t stop and the Lord provides the key to survive until we make it home.

Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  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.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

Jesus, the King of the entire world, promises us rest. He will carry us, carry me. He doesn’t give up on us, even when he was weary and burdened by a cross. It was light, for he was defeating all of our hurts and fatigues.

So how do we move forward hanging on to these truths and rubbing our achy feet? I am not an advocate for pulling myself up by the bootstraps, because sometimes there’s way more to it than that. I do, however, need to take a deep breath each morning, stumble down the stairs, and say a silent prayer as I brew the morning coffee.

Jesus, the King of the entire world, promises us rest. He will carry us, carry me. He doesn't give up on us, even when he was weary and burdened by a cross. Click To Tweet

Living to glorify the Lord is the main goal of each day, despite my dark circles. Magnifying Him with my words and actions are top priority no matter the slowness of my steps. We must never tire of doing good.

2 Thessalonians 3:13 NIV  And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.



6 thoughts on “Tired No More, His Burden is Light

  1. Thank you for sharing this as I am so tired right now after lunch and my thoughts are not the best. I am so weary from building my website and trying to make a difference. I know it takes time but sometimes I push myself too hard. This morning in prayer I was asking Jesus to wrap his arms around me and just hold me. Reading this reminds me I am not alone and I need to keep on going. Thank you for sharing your heart.

    1. Oh, I am so right there with you. Blogging and keeping up with social media is exhausting, but when the Lord calls you to whatever mission field, you answer. However, I know there are seasons of rest or at least days that we need to rest, and I think the Lord will nudge us to take advantage of His gift, the Sabbath.

  2. Thank you for the great reminder! No matter our trial, His burden is light.

  3. I too am tired but have had a more blessed life than I sometimes confess. Thank you for the encouragement your writing gives.

  4. Amen. I love your reliance on Scripture. I, too, have resorted to the boot-straps approach too often… Your neighbor at FMF (#13)

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