When the road behind us is covered in sweat and the road ahead stretches longer than we can see, we grow weary. When our plans and expectations fall through, we grow weary. When we trust in Jesus, but our feet are sore and our mind is burdened, we grow weary. Weary is a place we will all be at some point. But in that place, there is hope, there is peace, and there is truth.
Here are 4 truths to chew on as you catch your breath:
1. Both the soul and the body need rest.
We have been made in the image of God. Both in spirit and in flesh. It seems like we can dismiss the value of our temporal bodies as we become focused on eternal things. But remember this, Jesus napped in the boat. He lounged and snacked at the table with friends. He healed physical ailments. God VALUES the physical!
Our hearts and our bodies are more connected than we often think. So, as we rest, not only should we seek out recovery for our soul, but also for our body.
Get good sleep. Eat good food. Drink water. Go for a swim. Read your favorite magazine. Rub your feet. Stretch.
2. He is gentle and humble of heart.
When we cast our cares upon Jesus, His arms never grow tired of carrying our junk. His attitude never assumes that we should have it together, or that we should be further along than we are. His heart is full of gentleness towards us. His nature is humble. This means that as He sits there with you as you catch your breath. As you groan in pain or disappointment, He groans too. He will never shame you for your feelings. You aren’t left alone in your exhaustion. He has never looked down on you for your humanity. He is pleased to work hard, feel hard, and rest hard in and through you.
3. His power is made perfect by your weakness.
We get ourselves in trouble when we try to compete with God. In my life, this is always done subconsciously, a sly self sufficiency. It is when I finally remember that I will never be good, smart, holy, generous, selfless, wise, pure enough…He again becomes all satisfying. He becomes gloriously beautiful when I see Him for who He is. His name is More Than Enough, All Knowing, Totally Good, Ever in Control, Jesus. And when we allow Him the throne of our weak and weary hearts, His power is made perfect through us. PERFECT.
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him” -John Piper
4. The desert is important and on purpose.
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted…” Matt 4:1
In the desert, there are no luxurious distractions, no comforts to ease, no shade to take shelter under. Our spirits are ripped bare and we are left in the wilderness to finally see ourselves, exposed. It is in the desert that Jesus dealt with the temptations of His enemy. He overcame humanity’s defeat. In the wilderness, a cosmic battle was won.
If you’ve ever been in a desert season, it’s not someplace you’d like to return to. But when the Spirit does lead you to the desert, remember that it’s here where radical victories, identity formation and breakthrough take place.
If you’re looking for a place to take refuge and seek the Lord for a season, consider doing a Discipleship Training School with us. The next DTS begins March 2018 and we would love for you to join us as we learn, explore, discover and enjoy the Creator of all that is good.