Feeling Tired and Empty?
No Matter How You Feel, God is There
Deadlines. Deadlines. Deadlines. They shoot at you at the speed of light. So do texts, e-mails, and message alerts pinging our smartphones like chirping birds. Technology was supposed to simplify our lives. Ever feel like all it does is complicate yours?
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Nearly 2,000 years have passed since Jesus told weary people they could come to Him to find rest. He said that in a time when most people farmed small plots of land — lived in stone-and-mud huts — read by candlelight — traveled by donkey, or on foot. Despite this simple lifestyle, they faced struggles too. Like scratching out a living when it seemed a few people controlled all the wealth. Safely raising a family when robbers roamed the countryside. Making marriage last when so many men seemed to be asking the authorities for a divorce. Living peacefully when extended family members kept sticking their noses into your business.
Life is a challenge. It always has been and always will be. This is why the Son of God told the crowds to give their burdens to Him. To learn from His life. Jesus taught people the best way to live: by loving and serving others. He taught them to care more about what they can do to help others. To not place a premium on themselves or their things.
But His most valuable example?
Spending time each day in conversation with His Father. He needed times of solitude and reflection. Not just to talk, but to listen. After all, the crowds constantly following Him around wore Him down. It seemed that everyone wanted a healing. Or to ask Him to referee a personal dispute. There were lots of thrill-seekers, too. Supposed followers who only hung around so they could see a miracle. These kinds of pressures could make anyone weary (and cynical). That’s why Jesus always made time to rest and talk with His Father in heaven.
Are you feeling tired and empty? Drained by the demands of your day? When you need a break from the pressure, remember God. No matter what day it is, how early or how late, He is waiting to hear about your complaints, fears, and frustrations.
Read John 4:15-25. How does the experience of the woman mirror life today? If you were in her place and needed to confide in Jesus about the pressures you face, what would you say? How could telling Him that right now help you find rest? Try it.
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