DayBreaks for 4/17/19: Easter and Fatigue
From the DayBreaks archive, April 2009:
Crash and burn. That’s what most of us do each night. We crash, memories and thoughts burning about the calamities of the day. But we’re so tired that we can’t maintain the frantic mental pace for long…and we mercifully find sleep’s embrace – but only for a short time. Before you know it, it’s morning and the cycle starts all over again.
What is it that haunts us? We spend our numbered days running from meeting to meeting, airport to airport, hither, thither and yon doing our jobs or errands. Often it’s at a job that we hate. But deep down, I think Max Lucado was right, when he suggested that what really haunts us is the question: “Is it worth it? When I get what I want, will it be worth the price I paid?” Good question. Perhaps the answer has more to do with whether what we want is worthy of so much wanting.
In Six Hours One Friday, Max told a story about a San Antonio lawyer: “Successful, well-paid, new wife, remodeled house. But apparently it wasn’t enough. One day, he came home, took a gun out of his vault, climbed into a sleeping bag, and took his life. His note to his bride read, ‘It’s not that I don’t love you. It’s just that I’m tired and I want to rest.’” Tiredness. Fatigued to the extreme. If that doesn’t describe most people I know, I don’t know what does.
It’s that mountain of weariness that makes the Words of Christ so compelling and inviting: Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. So, what was there about Jesus that makes us think we can believe he can do anything about our fatigue? After all, he is a penniless rabbi – he can’t provide an economic stimulus (i.e, “bailout”) to the nation. He doesn’t have the ear of the President or the NATO leaders. He holds no diploma and has never written any best-selling self-help books on how to prioritize and get control of your life. But that doesn’t matter – he looks weary people straight in the face and says, 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.
The tiredest thing about us isn’t our bodies, as tired as they may be. It’s our souls that are threadbare and worn. It was the weariness of the attorney’s soul that led him to pull that trigger – not just bodily tiredness.
Those who accepted the invitation to “Come unto me” found that when they brought him their weary souls they found something wonderful in return. They found a Lord who loved them. A Lord who knew all about their everyday challenges and struggles. A Lord who understood their frustrations with wanting but not finding satisfaction in the getting. A Lord that they could call Savior, because he did for their souls what no night’s sleep could ever accomplish.
Yes, we are tired when we go to bed, and often we are reluctant to rise in the morning. If we take Jesus’ invitation and come to him for rest for our souls, each day and morning is laden with possibilities of a day spent in the presence of the Living God, an adventure of the highest order. Do you need refreshing? Do you need rest? Maybe you’re so tired because you have spent so much energy trying to run and live your own life that you forgot that Jesus wants to live His life through you. Let him. You’ll be eager to rise!
Prayer: We are weary and tired, Lord, and we come to You for rest. Let us lay down the futility of trying to find meaning and purpose in getting and having. Pour Your Spirit of renewal and power into our lives that we will find the rest that can only be found in You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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