“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me, and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me, and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)
Desperate for Jesus
Real life confession: I have spent a good part of my day procrastinating—doing low-priority chores, watching cute puppy videos, and drinking too much coffee. I know my soul is tired and desperate for Jesus because my body is telling me to find comfort at any cost.
My husband is a business owner, and this past weekend, we hosted a retreat for his company. We had been praying for months that the love of Jesus would be made known through our intentional preparation. It was an incredible time together. God moved powerfully in our hearts, bonding us toward our mission as a team.
But, this week of re-entry into family life has been brutal. We have been feeling the pressure of reconnecting with our kids, making holiday plans with out-of-town relatives, catching up with work, and moving into a new home (to name a few stresses). Our patience with each other has been thin as paper. On top of all that, my three-year-old daughter grabbed a pan off the stove while I was making dinner last night. I tried to pull it from her, but it was too late. As soon as we got her bandaged up, I collapsed into sobs on the kitchen floor.
This morning, I spoke with a treasured friend and mentor. She reminded me that last weekend was a big deal and that my soul must be tired. She reassured me that it was just an accident and that God is the healer. She encouraged me to shore up the strength of my heart with the Lord. So, I worked hard to get my kids to nap at the same time and then sang this song, “Lord I Need You” by Matt Maher, with my eyes closed:
Without You, I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart
Lord, I need You…Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You.
And it was like my spirit woke up. Sister, if your body is weary, if your flesh is weak and falling to the temptation of false comforts, maybe your soul just needs to be with Jesus.
Blessings and Love,
- Read all of Matthew Chapter 11. Allow the Word to wash over you and fill up your soul as you read. Seek to understand the cultural context, the writer’s point of view, and the audience. Ask the Holy Spirit for revelation.
Is your body reminding your soul to be nourished by God’s love? Challenge yourself to get daily, consistent time with God this week. Pray, sing, dance, or go for a walk. Keep a dream journal. Get creative! Alone time with God is not a one-size-fits-all relationship, but we are all dependent on His love!