As our class was dismissing, she stood beside me with her three young children running energetically all around the classroom. Her voice was devoid of emotion, her eyes were rather sad, and her whole being screamed out, “I’m so tired!”
This young wife and mom was totally exhausted. Homeschooling her kids, cooking, cleaning, teaching, loving, and taking care of her family had just completely worn her out.
The word that came to mind as I stood next to her was simply… weary.
This precious sister was "plum worn out" as we like to say in the south.
I looked up the word in the dictionary and found this entry:
adjective, wea·ri·er, wea·ri·est.
1.physically or mentally exhausted by hard work, exertion, strain, etc.; fatigued; tired: weary eyes; a weary brain.
2.characterized by or causing fatigue: a weary journey.
Some Synonyms for Weary include…
_ Out of gas
_ Burned out
_ Ready to drop
A few Antonyms for Weary…
To be weary is to be worn out, completely devoid and bereft of any energy.
To be weary is to lose the spring in your step, the lift in your voice, and the smile on your face.
To be weary is such a normal part of life – for all of us.
So, what do we do when we become weary??
What do we do with “weary”?
1} If at all possible, take some time to rest and even sleep.
Sometimes, what we need more than anything is a good nap or a great night of sleep!
Psalm 4:8 – “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
2} Spend a few minutes sitting quietly before the Lord.
Just imagine Him enveloping you in His arms. Enjoy the quiet time by praying, reading the Bible, journaling, or just being still in God’s Presence.
Psalm 46:10a, “Be still, and know that I am God.”
Breathe out your weariness, and breathe in His rest.
Matthew 11:28-29, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
3} Meet with a friend (or two) that will refresh your soul with great conversation and laughter.
Romans 15: 33 – “Then, God willing, I’ll be on my way to you with a light and eager heart, looking forward to being refreshed by your company. God’s peace be with all of you.”
There can be great energy and refreshment when we spend time with brothers and sisters who love us and pour into us.
If you don’t have any friends like this, ask God to send you one or many!
4} Take the time to encourage someone else.
Send a text, an email, a Facebook note, or make a call to share a good word with a friend.
Do something kind for someone else. Buy their lunch, take them flowers, watch their kids for them, or give them a gift.
Often, when we give to others what we ourselves need, we are encouraged. Giving brings refreshment to our souls.
Proverbs 11:25, “Generous persons will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”
It gets to all of us sometimes.
For my sweet friend with three small children, and for you – there is hope today.
~ Rest. Try a good nap.
~ Refresh in God’s Presence. Let Him restore your soul.
~ Be renewed by hanging out with some positive friends.
~ And, give to other people what you need yourself.
Praying He will give you rest today…