Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
These last couple weeks have been EXHAUSTING for me. I’ve been going non-stop, and frankly I feel kind of burnt out. When that happens, I get lazy with a lot of things. I’m not as diligent with the time I spend with the Lord, my wife, or the people I’m relationally connected to. And what’s tough is that neglecting those things actually makes me feel more empty. It’s a vicious cycle.
That’s where this passage comes in. When I’m burnt out, my response should be to run to the Lord for rest. If I feel empty, the only way I can feel full is resting in His presence. That said, I’m not saying that there isn’t space for vegging out and watching a TV show. What I am saying, however, is when we experience that kind of burn out, our number one priority should be to rest in the presence of God. Do whatever it takes to feel close to Him.
For me, that looks like worship. I’ll crank up some of my favorite worship songs, walk around the room, and worship Him. That could look like prayer, singing along, making up new songs, whatever God puts on my heart. That is restful for me. It helps me align my priorities, and from that place I feel energized again. When we are tired and burnt out, we have direct access to a Father who desires for us to find rest in Him. However you connect with the Lord, let me challenge you to do that the next time you feel empty and need rest.