Do you ever feel like you’re just a zombie going through life? All brain activity gone, just wandering aimlessly around from one place to the next? Feeling worn down and tired—the bags under your eyes making you look like something undead? Well, there’s hope…while Jesus may not make your bed feel softer or your face look less sleep-deprived, He can give you the strength you need.
As someone who understands the meaning of tired and worn out, Jesus can not only relate to what you’re going through, but He can also help you with your burdens. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 (NASB), “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
So what can we do to receive this rest from Jesus? Just ASK. This is what Jesus is saying in Matthew 6:33. Prayer is a powerful tool in the Christian life, through it God blesses His people (Ephesians 6:12-18; Heb. 4:16). Paul states that we should pray unceasingly (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Peter seconds this statement by the exhortation in 1 Peter 5:7 which says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” This is a reflection of Psalm 55:22 that says, “Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”
If great men of faith such as Peter, Paul and David used this spiritual tool to find renewal in the Lord, should we not follow their examples? Jesus Himself prayed in His trying times that the Father would sustain Him.
When you’re feeling like you can’t take another step, when you can’t get out of bed, when you want to just hide in the closet until the crisis is “all over”, just call out to Him! He alone can sustain you. He alone can give you rest. He alone can give peace to your heart and mind. He alone can deliver you from the trial you’re going through—whether it’s one of long-standing endurance, or a short trial. It is JESUS who can carry you through it. When you hurt inside and want to cry; when nothing makes sense and you just want to give up; when you’re weary, worn, and weak, look to Him for your strength, hope, and courage.
Maybe you’re a mother who takes care of young children and just can’t seem to catch your breath. Maybe you’re a wife who works outside the home to help provide for your family. Maybe you’re a single lady with a lonely heart and a desire to have companionship. No matter where you are in this life—Jesus is there for YOU. He cares for you and loves you more deeply than you can ever imagine. He wants to wrap you in His everlasting arms and protect you from the storms of life. He longs to hear from you and to tell you how much He loves you.
There is nothing more important or more precious than time spent in the quiet and secret place with the Lord Jesus. He is our strength and our refuge; He welcomes us to open our hearts to Him and give over the cares of our lives, both big and small. When we commit to spending time alone in His presence, we are rewarded with comfort and joy unlike anything found in this fallen world. Family and friends can provide comfort, but only Jesus can bring comfort to our soul and the rest of our being.
We can find joy in knowing that He loves us enough to die for us and that we have new life in Him. We can find comfort in the knowledge that our trials and tribulations in this alien world are but a vapor in the wind compared to the eternal life to come. When our hearts feel sad, discouraged and defeated, we can look to the Cross and know that Jesus has made us more than conquerors! Despite the pain of the present, there is hope for the future in Jesus.
When you look at the problems in this present hour, remember that Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you. He will never turn His back on you. He will never abandon you. Call out to Him—even when you don’t have the words to say, or know how say what’s in your heart—just say “Jesus”. He is our all-in-all; He is our everything. We are not undead, we are reborn in Him. Have faith, daughter of Zion! Call out to your Father, Daughter of the King! Don’t be afraid to ask Him for help because He longs to be the One to rescue you in your hour of need. His love is unfailing; His strength is yours if you but ask.