Thursday, August 27th
It was late one afternoon when Martha heard a knock at the door. She opened the door to find her husband standing with a police officer. She asked the officer what was going on. He said, “Ma’am I found your husband sitting on a park bench in the local park and he said he was lost. She said, “Stanley! You walk to and from that park every day. How could you be lost? Stanley leaned in and whispered, “I wasn’t lost. I was just too tired to walk home.”
This is one week that I can certainly relate to Stanley. My job had me in Missouri filling in as a Dock Supervisor at one of our service centers. I worked a 12-hour shift for 4 days. This required me to be on my feet for most of the shift. I logged a little more than 28 miles of walking over this 4-day schedule.
I can honestly say I was not only tired at the end of the day; I was weary. My body ached. My ego was bruised as I realized the job, I did for the first 15 years of my career, wiped me out after 4 days (age does make a difference).
Tired is defined as the need of some rest or sleep. Weary is defined as having your strength exhausted by toil or exertion. As I was packing for my return home, I kept thinking about the word weary and how it can affect us. Sometimes it is physical and many times it is more mental or emotional.
Have you ever been weary and felt like giving up or told yourself there was no end in sight? Weary from wondering what tomorrow holds? Weary from waiting on the answers to your prayers?
God’s word is filled with promises and assurances of His strength and peace. Here are some of my favorites.
“He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, Yet those who wait upon the Lord will gain strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and become weary.” Isaiah 40:29-31
“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely, I will help you. Surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” John 14:27
I am so thankful that no matter the reason for my weariness at times, I can hold fast to the truths of God’s Word. He’s a good, good Father. He takes care of His children.
My prayer is that you too will hold fast to His truths.
Until next week don’t forget to smile!