I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”… (Je 31:25).
I have met a lot of weary people in my life. I have been one of them at different seasons of my life. Truth be told, when I didn’t know how to set appropriate boundaries for my life, I was always left fearful, worried and tired. And whenever you get to that place, you always want to give up on whatever is before you to somehow release yourself from your place of discomfort and exhaustion.
Can I be really honest about something though?
The problem isn’t so much in what’s causing you exhaustion. The problem is in your fear and need for control. There’s a deeper issue going on here. I say that because I lived it. My exhaustion really came about because I was afraid if I didn’t strive, didn’t work harder, didn’t control things that everything around me would crumble.
You know, you can only hold your life up so much on your own before the weight of it starts to crush you.
The good news for us all is that the Lord Himself offers us rest. Yes, beloved, He offers it for you in this present season where you feel weary, tired and exhausted.
I’ve felt that way in my marriage and in my work. All because I didn’t know how or maybe, I just didn’t want to set appropriate boundaries, because doing so would have pressed on all my fears. However, once I did start setting boundaries for my life; boundaries on myself and on others, life got harder for a bit, but with time, things got better. I know what you’re thinking, “If I set a boundary on this and don’t x, y or z, it’s all going to come crashing down,” and beloved, it might, but maybe it needed to. Remember all that weight that you’re holding up? It’s quite possible all of that needed to fall and this is the only way.
God restores those moments though. He truly does. I feel more content now then I have ever felt. I’m still a work in progress with Jesus, but I can say with full assurance that my life has so much greater peace now that I’ve learned how to set appropriate boundaries and not live in fear. Friend, God offers that same kind of rest for you today, won’t you too receive it now and move from exhaustion into His grace?
Father, thank you that you are my resting place. I still get caught up sometimes thinking that I need to push harder, work more, etc., but your grace always calls me back into your joy for my life. I want to live in that rest today, in Jesus name, Amen.