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May I Rest Now?

Robert Roth

Have you ever said: “I’ve completely run out of gas.” “I’m one tired pup.” “I’m so tired that I can’t move!” “Man, I’m dead tired!” If so, then you know how it feels to be so tired that you nearly fall into a heap on the lawn or in a recliner.

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Sometimes exhaustion is brought on by something good, like winning a competitive basketball game or performing well on a test for which you studied hard. At other times, being worn out takes on that “sick and tired” feeling, which may be triggered by hearing horrible news or by being or feeling rejected by someone who matters to you.

 

Give Yourself Some Rest

Chillin FTR3 TS 87172655Most teens have a place where they like to crash when they’re all out of steam. What’s your place — a hammock? a bunk bed? a futon? a couch? anywhere, as long as you have your headset and favorite CDs?

If you are tired simply because you’ve worked, played, or studied hard, crashing can help. A nice meal and a good night’s sleep can usually put you back on track. However, there are certain feelings that can remain “hidden” and if left unresolved can drain your energy, leaving you worn out week after week. Reflect on how these underlying feelings can leave you exhausted:

  • fear
  • anxiety
  • anger
  • jealousy or envy
  • sadness

Jesus Gives You Rest

devozine Hammock Rest FTR TS 92476872As an answer to each of these struggles, Jesus offers you an energizing solution — for fear, faith; for anxiety, peace; for anger, release; for jealousy and envy, assurance; for sadness, joy. Often these saving graces don’t seem to be there when you need them, but have faith; they will come. That is why Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. . . . For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30, NIV).

As I write this article, my sister Barb is more worn out than she has been in a long time, due to chemotherapy treatments as she recovers from successful breast-cancer surgery. How does Barb keep up her energy? She eats healthy food and exercises. She prays, meditates, and worships. Laughter with friends and hugs and affection from loved ones probably energize her more than anything else.

What energizes you, no matter how tired you get? We all need infusions of the good things that God offers for our spiritual, physical, and emotional health. These things are a constant source of energy; and as we look to Jesus, we will receive rest. Take care!

DIG DEEPER

devozine Summer Bible Reading2 TS 80706466“We may not ‘feel’ like getting up in the morning . . . But if we get up anyhow, to spend some time reading the Gospels, praying the Psalms, and thanking God for a new day, our moods may lose their power over us.” Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey

REFLECT: How can daily morning (or evening) devotions help energize you and make you ready for the new day?

 

Robert Roth is a writer in East Lansing, Michigan.

—from devozine (November/December 2003). Copyright © 2003 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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