Too Tired To Eat?
- Monday, June 12, 2006
Have you ever been here: So busy, there's not even time to really sit down to eat a meal? So many coming and going, so much schooling and diaper changing and laundry and wiping tears and training moments, that there's not even one minute to rest? I have and it can be overwhelming and drain every drop of energy I have. Discouragement begins to settle in. At times like these, I am often too tired to think about food, let alone eat, yet I must feed the family! So, off we go again, serving others day in and day out with little rest in between. Lest you are starting to feel the "woe is me" coming on, let me say this: We were created to serve. And in this serving, we honor the One who created us to do so. So, take heart - you are only doing what you've been created to do. And, He says if we learn of Him we will find rest for our souls.
However, our Creator also knows that we need physical rest, hence His statement, "Come with me to a deserted (or quiet) place and rest." That's actually in the Bible and it's actually Jesus speaking to his disciples. (Mark 6:31) The disciples had just come back from being sent out and they were telling Jesus all that they had done and taught and He said to them, "Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while. For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat." NKJV
He wants to hear all about our comings and goings and teachings and serving. He wants to minister to us so that we will be refreshed when we are sent out to serve our family and our world again and again. That means we ought to make it a habit to come to Him often in order to be often refreshed.
Do you sometimes feel like you need some moral support? Sometimes we are the only ones we know who do all we do (and understand why) and it can be a lonely place. Some of us don't have another like-minded friend nearby. Jesus is that like-minded friend you can pour your heart out to any day, any time, any situation, without judgment. And, when we are sent out, He says He goes with us. He said He would be with us to the end. Talk about moral support! He's not only FOR us, He is WITH us. Incredible. The God of the universe is within us. His power in our earthen vessels means that He infuses His strength in our physical bodies.
Don't you feel better already? If not, I think you need to go take a mini-retreat with your Savior as soon as possible. It will do you a world of good, and it will do the world good when you are ready to face it again. He knows our frame, that we are but dust, and He has provided rest for our souls.
So, don't get discouraged, and don't get defeated, get away. If even for a minute. Find a corner and pray. Pour yourself out to Him and then listen to His voice through His word speak the healing balm to your tired body and weary soul. He will refresh you and strengthen you for the next step. Maybe you feel like you can only do one more thing and then need to come back to Him again - that's a good thing! Keep on coming and soon your strength will return and your God will be glorified in your good works. His strength will be made perfect in your weakness and all the glory will go to Him as you continue to serve all those He's placed in your little realm. And, you’ll do it all for God and God alone, and you'll be able to do it all with a smile.
My new phrase is this: "Defeat discouragement by discouraging defeat. Discourage defeat by getting away with your Master."
Deborah Wuehler is the Devotional and e-Newsletter Editor for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. She resides in Roseville, CA with her husband Richard and their seven gifts from heaven, whom they have homeschooled from birth. You may leave a comment on her blog at: www.homeschoolblogger.com/devdoordeborah or email Deborah at devotions@TheHomeschoolMagazine.com
Copyright 2006. Used with permission. The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Right now, 19 free gifts when you subscribe. www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com.
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