This morning my eyes popped open at 2:13, a full 2 hours and 17 minutes before the alarm would go off. I was never able to go back to sleep. As I left the house at 6:30 for my drive to work, I was thinking that this is going to be a very looooooong day. Before work began I read a devotional that seemed to be one that was written just for me, today of all days. “Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God Himself willing and working at what will give Him the most pleasure.” (Phil 2:12-13 MSG)
Cars have gauges and alarms to make drivers aware of the need to refuel. Hunger and thirst tell us to refuel our physical bodies. But what alerts us to the fact that we’re spiritually empty? Sometimes nothing. We often don’t notice. The noise of the twenty-four-hour news cycle, our many devices, and overcommitment prevent quiet contemplation that might show us the depth of our need.
Rest was mandated in Bible times, but today’s Sundays are filled with football games, and catch-up work. “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.” (Ps. 23:2-3)
The further we drift from spiritual disciplines and the Shepherd Who feeds us, the less we long to draw close to Him. “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’” (Ps 46:10)
A thought just occurred to me that because I am overly tired today, I have an inner calling to lean on Jesus more today. I know that He plans our steps, and perhaps today He knows that I need to rely on Him more than normal. I will follow His path and give thanks for His direction, because I know when I’m overly tired I get cranky and tend to make poor decisions. “My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” (Ps. 121:2)
Jesus invites us to come to Him for rest: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28) If we take Him up on that offered yoke, we will pull shoulder to shoulder alongside the Source. I will be able to make it through this day, not on my own strength and energy, but because I will rest in His strength and power.