Do you ever feel worn out for no good reason? I don’t mean that normal, bone-weary Mommy tired. Although I get that. I’m pretty sure I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep since 1999.
And all the mommies said, “AMEN!”
But no, what I mean in this case is do you ever feel just utterly emotionally overdrawn? Careworn.
It’s a product of living in the world and being deeply affected by it. Of loving and being loved. Risky behavior, that. It’s a product of having our hearts walk around outside our bodies as we send our children out to school each day. It’s a product of weeping with a friend as she tells you of her great loss. It’s a product of watching a loved one on a path to certain destruction and knowing they won’t hear you when you try and stand in the middle of the road hoping to turn them to the right or the left.
It’s a product of caring. Of being alive.
And sometimes it’s just too much. It hurts.
“Live carefree before God; He is most careful with you.” 1 Peter 5:7–MSG
I love that our Savior knew we’d be worn down and worn out and utterly frazzled by life. And seriously, it’s probably good for us that this is the case. Otherwise we’d be tempted to think we could go it alone. But no. We can’t.
We get it wrong. We overestimate our abilities and we try way too hard to carry loads that aren’t ours to bear in the first place.
But here’s the thing. Jesus said “live carefree before Me.” Jesus SAID. Now hear me, that doesn’t mean drink all the wine, max out your credit card and run away to the Bahamas. No.
But it does mean you can drop all those cares, one by one at the foot of the cross. And you should.
Because they’ll kill you, sweet sister. You will be crushed.
Lay them at the foot of the cross. Lay every burden down. And trust that the God of the Ages will brush them away like so much dust, and breathe new life into your empty soul.
Because He is most careful with you.