by Alicia Jones - June 29, 2019
The last few days have been weary ones. Have they been for you, too? We all go through seasons of life, sometimes seasons of the weeks. One minute we’re rested, happy, feeling well, the house is in order, all the things are done. The next, we’re running on two hours of sleep, baby is sick, the house is a disaster, and we are weary down to our very soul. Maybe the weariness comes from more than physical exhaustion.
Maybe it also comes from a very real place of darkness as you struggle with a loss, a trial, a burden. We’ve all been there. Don’t be fooled by perfect social media photos. We all have our weary days, our sad and troubled thoughts, our moments of frustration. It’s now more than ever that we need to consciously remind ourselves of our identity in Christ and Who is in charge of the big picture. As Charles Spurgeon said: “I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.” In the pull of weariness against our very sanity, sometimes it feels like we don’t have the energy to even take a moment to remind ourselves of truth. We want to nobly embrace the hardship and march to Jesus on our own, but we’re tired. We’re just so tired. But that is when we’re already there. We’re already snuggled in the safety of that Rock of Ages. Maybe we didn’t realize that we had been swept there, but there we are. And Jesus is just waiting for us to acknowledge that we need the comfort He is already trying to give. He’s up above and around us, sheltering us. When the storm clouds lighten a little—just enough for us to see through the blur—, we’ll open our tired eyes and see that our Rock is there. We didn’t have to run to Him on our own strength at all. He had already sheltered us, even though we didn’t see or feel Him.
And He has been quietly waiting to listen to our outpoured tears and discouragement. Part of our identity in Christ is that we are His children. He is our Father. You know how a child sometimes has a bad dream that she cannot awaken from? Or considers himself lost in a store? There is panic, fear, tears—even though we are right there. It takes a moment to awaken from the bad dream and realize mama is already there to comfort and protect. It takes a moment to realize he wasn’t really alone in the store. Mama was right there, watching. They run to us, ready to receive help and comfort. It’s the same way with our heavenly Father. He’s already there. Psalm 71:5 says, “you are my hope and stay.” This literally means that God is our support. Our Father. Our hope. Our stay. Our Rock of Ages is so many things for us. And one thing is for sure: no matter how weary we are, He is not. His support is never ceasing, His love never failing.
Are you weary today?
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Alicia A. Willis is a Christian Historical Fiction author, mother of two sweet babies (one in heaven and one on earth), ministry wife, and coffee connoisseur. When not doing research for her novels or teaching piano, she enjoys water colors, playing with her dogs, singing, and adventures with her hubby. Join her on social media or check out her website to learn more about her books and the ministry the Lord has called them to. http://www.aliciaannewillis.com/