This week I hit a wall, a wall of weariness. In a phone call with a friend, I told her how I think that all of the transition and busyness and challenges of last year have finally caught up with me. It seems I'm the type who powers through things, and then wears out and collapses sometime later on. I've had many others comment, "Me, too!" when I've mentioned this. Perhaps this is the way with us women. We know that our family, the people at our jobs, our church, our friends, are counting on us, leaning on us, depending on us, so we try to stay strong for them. Until we just can't. Then what do we do?
Admit it. It's not easy to admit that we can't do it all, that we are aren't Superwoman, that we can't keep carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders without buckling. There comes a time when we have to admit our need, our weakness, and our weariness to God and to those close to us.
Withdraw. While most of the time we hear this word used in a negative context, Jesus Himself would take time to withdraw from the crowd and find a quiet place to pray and communicate with His Father. When you're weary it's easy to lose perspective. Time in God's presence helps to restore and refresh us and to reset our perspective. If you can get away for a day or even overnight, that's wonderful, but if that's not possible, try to take a few hours with your Bible and journal sitting in the park, or some other lovely spot. A long walk on the seashore talking to God and putting my burdens back on His shoulders where they belong is my favorite way to withdraw.
Worship. My husband is graciously planning a few days away for the two of us so we can both withdraw and be refreshed. Until then, I still have things to attend to. Today I had housework and baking to do in preparation for a church function at our house tomorrow. I had my favorite worship album playing on repeat all day long as I worked. My body was busy, but my spirit was being blessed and strengthened even as I worked.
Rest. On our day off, my husband and I usually like to get out and do things. This week, we both knew we needed to rest. We read, we watched old movies, we napped. A day of giving ourselves permission to do nothing, to shut down and just rest, was the smartest thing we've done on our day off in a long time.
I'm so glad Jesus understands our weariness, understands our tendency to carry burdens we aren't built to carry. After all, He is the one Who said these words to us, " , all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Matthew 11:28 Amplified