Posted by Student & Family Pastor JJ McLeod
My wife and I are tired. Some of you reading this will instantly know why, you see my wife Kayla just had our first child about 7 weeks ago – he is a beautiful baby boy and we couldn’t be more proud – but my goodness I have never experienced this kind of tired. I have experienced exhaustion from dealing with insomnia all my life, I have been worn out from a crazy schedule of school and sports during my season of being a college athlete, but this kind of tired is completely different.
As I write this, I’m sure there are plenty of you who are right now experiencing the same kind of tired in your life, perhaps not from a newborn baby but there are probably some who wish life would stop and let them rest. What’s interesting about that sentiment is that we know it’s never going to happen and yet we earnestly hope and pray it will. What this kind of tired does to a person is quite curious, not only does it mess with you physically, emotionally, and relationally, but it’s also very revealing spiritually. Vince Lombardi, a legendary NFL coach once said, “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” Wow! Talk about a stinger to our pride; but isn’t this true?
I have to be honest with you, God has been showing me how much of a sinner I am through this time of fatigue. You see while Lombardi was speaking to athletes in an attempt to motivate them to have a gut check and push through the fatigue, what I’ve been experiencing in my life is that God uses things like being tired to reveal to us just how much we really need Him. This level of tired has showed me how extremely selfish I am, how belittling I can be and has revealed idols in my life like comfort and wanting to do my own thing. My hope for this article is not to bash myself and tell you how awful I am – I’m certainly a student in the school of God’s grace – but rather my hope is that if you are tired like me, I would hope to see you look to God and allow Him to show you the areas in your life that need to change.
Here’s the good news, God is in the business of healing tired hearts. Matthew 11:28-29 says, “Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest…for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Y’all I am lost apart from Jesus, I am hopeless apart from Jesus, and my exhaustion in this season of life has been like a spotlight on my soul. Thank God for Jesus who comes as a Savior, as a giver of rest – not only to our physical bodies one day – but also far more importantly to our souls when we trust in Him. If you are tired today, if you feel burnt out and done with life, may I encourage you to run to Jesus, the only one who can and will bring rest to your soul.