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For the Ones Who Feel Worn Out

I have a shirt that says: "I love Jesus, Coffee & Naps" & honestly - I cannot think of a more perfect shirt for me. There are few things I love more in this world than those three. If I went one day in college without a nap...well, let's just say you did not want to be around me that day.


Give me an empty schedule, with a rainy sky, my comfiest pair of sweats, a fan blowing on high and a down comforter, and I just may be the most content girl on the planet.


Our bodies crave sleep because we need it. We need rest to be able to properly energize ourselves and function at our best capability. We fill our days with assignments, tasks, and activities that deplete our energy levels and leave us completely exhausted - almost unable to interact with those around us.


Lately, I've felt that depletion hard. I feel like I'm moving in s l o w m o t i o n, watching the world pass by me as I crawl through each day. No matter how many cups of coffee I make, there doesn't seem to be nearly enough caffeine to bring me to life.

I started begging God for a day off.

Just one day to do absolutely nothing.


Then, my schedule seemed to get even more hectic.


Uh, God, did you hear me? I said a day OFF. You know? Cancel one of my classes, or bring a random power outage to work... just so I can have one day to wear pajamas until 2:00 PM and watch The Office for the hundredth time. Please.


Through exhausted tears, and a sleep-deprived headache, I would read Matthew 11:28, over and over again, wondering why I wasn't gaining the rest that Jesus promised us.


"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest."


Right, so here I am God. I am certainly weary, and don't get me started on my burdens...where's this "rest"?


Then, one late night, after reading this scripture over and over in frustration, my soul urged me to keep reading.


"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."


Ah, yes. The rest of the scripture that I never include... because honestly - the whole yoke thing threw me off for awhile. I probably shouldn't admit this to you, especially because I am striving to be a future English teacher, but I had no idea what "yoke" meant for a really, long time. I mean like....24 years long time....


I'll just admit this to you, because I'm too far gone now anyway, I literally pictured Jesus saying this while holding an egg yolk. Yolk. As in Y-O-L-K.


If this is not a testament that God can and will use the least qualified, I'm not sure what is..


ANYWAYS...


So, Google is a beautiful thing. And I've finally learned what "YOKE" means!


For all the smart people out there...you can skip this.

BUT, for the regular folk like me...here's your quick explanation of yoke:


A yoke is what oxen or other animals used to help them pull loads on plows or carts. It would attach to their backs and assist them in carrying heavy weight.


Ahhhh, now I was beginning to understand what Jesus was saying. He wants us to take his yoke upon us, because His burden is light.


He does not carry the weight of shame, unforgiveness, anger, sorrow, anxiety, envy, or pride. We do.


Our yoke is hard to carry because our burdens are heavy. They reside in us, weighing down our souls, captivating our bodies, and exhausting our spirit.


Just as our physical body needs rest to restore our energy, our soul needs rest to restore our hope.


Our soul needs peace to restore our joy.

Our soul needs to quiet itself to restore our mentality.


I began to realize that my physical body was exhausted, because I was mentally drained.


My inner self was filled with envy, guilt, sorrow, fear and hopelessness.


I didn't need a nap. I needed to slow down, and fix my focus on Jesus. I needed to spend my mornings reminding myself of the truth of God's word.


He who promised is FAITHFUL.

Although the circumstances surely don't seem all that hopeful or joyous around me, I can find rest in the promises of Jesus:


  • My sins are forgiven.

  • Nothing can separate me from His love.

  • He works all things out for my good.

  • He has a hope and a future already lined up for me.

  • He already destined all the days of my life.

  • No weapon formed against me shall prosper.

  • I am a child of God, and He's got me.

No matter what tomorrow brings, I can trust that Jesus is carrying everything I thought I had to. He's right there with me, and He's reminding me to rest IN Him - not the worries of the world.


That. That is rest. That is peace. That is the exact medicine and nourishment that my body needed.


I'm not in control, and I'm sure glad I'm not.


If you are hurting, tired, and ready to give up - don't. You don't have to carry around the weight of the world, because the One who created the world never asked us to.


Breathe. Rest in peace. Rest in joy. Rest in the unknown.


Jesus walked in that.

And He wants you to, too.

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