I’m an old, retired man who has been married forty-six years to a woman whom I adore and usually gives me a daily chuckle watching her live out life. It wasn’t always that way. For years, we daily were at each other’s throat struggling to get through the grind of life. I was on the road or planes that flew me all over the world when I should have been home supporting Pam as we raised two strong willed young ladies. Keeping peace was a chore. Every day, something was going on that sapped my emotions as well as my wife and kids. Paying bills often living beyond our means was very frustrating and emotionally draining. Yet, we lived in hypocrisy giving a front to others that all is well. Strife was frequent. I can remember the days of being sick and tired of being sick and tired.
You may be daily experiencing this yourself and wondering if there will ever be any relief. How can I find peace in the daily churn of life? Is there a solution? It took me quite a while to get there but finally, I did. How? After much anguish, I began to understand how approachable, understanding, wise, patient, forgiving, and safe is the Christian God and the price paid by His Son to know me intimately on a moment-by-moment daily basis. Outside of telling us to love others as He loved us, only once that I know of did Jesus talk about Himself and who He was at the core of His being. His testimony is found in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Jesus testified that He is “gentle and humble in heart.” I don’t know about you guys, but as over-powering life had become, I realized I needed a big dose of gentleness and humility from a loving God. So, I came to Jesus “weary and burdened.” I did find rest for my soul and discovered walking life out with Him became much easier and meaningful. Don’t get me wrong. As emotionally strung out as I was, I kept taking my life back to run alone. Finally, lock, stock, and barrel I turned my life over to Him. What a relief having Him direct my life.
You may be saying to yourself as you read this blog, “but I am so weak and have so much to deal with. Life is overwhelming.” This was exactly my response too. Paul the Apostle however gave me a verse that rocked me to the core, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” Christ’s power perfected itself in my weakness and “rested on me.” No matter what life threw at me, He became my strength.
Sick and tired of being sick and tired? Jesus can take over and transform your life making it new and dynamic. You will find rest and power for your soul.