The Way Out of Weariness
Claudene Francis | Authentic Church | White Plains, NY
For the past few years I’ve been the Director of Administration for our church and I’ve juggled the roles of being pastor’s wife and a mom. Needless to say I love what I do and I am sold out to be the best leader I can be in all aspects, however, managing all these priorities can cause soul fatigue.
For the past few months I have been feeling a sense of weariness that I don’t always successfully evade with sleep or time off. I’m usually the type of person that will just keep working, putting out more of my time and energy to do the best I can for others without complaining or murmuring. Persevering through is what I do best but if I’m honest, and when I’m really self-aware, I discover this working in my own strength takes a partially invisible toll on me.
The weariness that I feel takes my strength, endurance and vigor and disrupts a healthy rhythm in my life that even tampers with my schedule and my gym time. And, if there’s anything you don’t want to mess with is my gym time! Many of us have been where I’ve been. Some of us reading this right now are in the place I’ve described so far. So what do we do with this fatigue we experience while balancing the spinning plates in our lives?
I’ve been thinking and praying about this season and stage of life that I’m in and Jesus’s words found in Matt 11: 28-30 have stood out in so many of my morning devotional times:
“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.”
Of course a vacation, a day off, or a retreat helps steer us away from fatigue and burnout but what I realize is that those times away still need to be attached to a freshness that comes from his Spirit everyday. It’s only when I realize that I have to abandon some of my self-dependency that I learn that my inner strength comes from doing two things: coming to Jesus and casting my cares on Jesus.
What does coming to Christ daily do? He gives power to increase strength! God doesn’t blast us with super powers to move the exhausted you into more overdrive but the effect of this strength is that God’s people keep pressing on supernaturally. They keep on running, the keep on walking, they stay positive even when the pressures of life doesn’t seem to let up.
As we cast our cares on God, He moves in our lives because the very act of casting itself is an act of trust. When we take it off ourselves, we give God room to ease the burdens we so often try to resolve with our own abilities especially when we feel our strength is depleted and our faith is burning low. I’ve been trying to approach God with arms open ready to receive what He has in store for me and I’ve discovered this is a great way to care for one’s soul.
I know that God uses our situations to draw us closer to Him, to increase our faith in Him and to help us to be more Christlike. I am reminded that I cannot do this walk alone I need Him daily beside me. Taking Jesus at his word by coming to him and casting our cares on him puts us in a position to collect blessings from him and in this simplicity we find the solution to what we often think is so complex.