Last week I wrote about being weary. I just feel weak. It feels as if it's one thing after another. First, I was sick. Then I had the infected tooth that had to be pulled. Then the allergic rash attack. Now, I am either fighting the worst allergies ever or some sort of autumn cold. Pile the chilly, gray weather we had the last few days on top of all this. The weariness has led to flat out exhaustion.
It's having an affect on me. It's wearing me down. Making me feel weak and frustrated. These things always seem to hit me on Tuesday or Wednesday, which means I haven't made it to my women's Bible study for 3 weeks now. I'm not writing as much as I would like. I'm not feeling up to doing much of anything. The kitchen isn't as clean as it should be. The bathrooms need a good scrubbing. The laundry isn't staying caught up the way it should. And the family menu shows a distinct lack of creativity this week.
It's easy to start slipping into the "why me" mind set. I want to shake my fist. I want to cry. I want to give up and just go back to bed. We've all been there, or some place very similar to it at one time or another. Maybe for you it was even a worse place with darker circumstances. I know my little health issues are tiny compared to what so many others deal with on a daily basis. But this is where I am.
This morning I was thinking that if one more thing comes up anytime soon, or if I don't start feeling much better quickly - I was going to lose my mind. Then during my morning quiet time, while flipping through my Bible on my way to 1 John - my eyes landed on this piece of scripture:
"But he said to me, '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." ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9
The Lord knows we will have times of trouble. He knows we go through times when we are sick, hurt, tempted, scared or weak.
"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33
But He does not want us to be alone or to carry the full burden without help. He wants us to seek his presence. To cry out to Him in our time of need.
Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!" ~ 1 Chronicles 16:11
"In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears." ~ Psalm 18:6
He is there to support us. To encourage us. He will refresh us and give us rest!
"I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint." - Jeremiah 31:25
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." ~ Matthew 11:28
I don't know about you - but I feel a little better already!