I don’t know about you, dear reader but, I always find I get weary at this time of year.
Trust me, this isn’t the blog about how hard ministers work at Christmas!
For many years I worked in industry and Christmas always presented us with a focus point for orders to be out, invoices raised and the factory cleared ready for January stocktaking. By the time I arrived at the Christmas shut down I was exhausted. I am sure my friends in the education and care sectors could tell their stories of end of year. Most of all, however, my heart goes out to those who work in the retail sector!
I find, at this time of year in particular, it very difficult to sleep. I have so much going round in my mind I find myself waking at hours that I didn’t realise existed. Today, however, something that has never happened to me before took place. I was wide awake by 4am. By 5am, I had given up hope of going back to sleep and I had finished the book I had been reading. I got up, and made a cup of tea, found a fresh book and got back into bed. I woke up with a start at 8am with my new book unopened and cold cup of tea.
I had overslept!
I never oversleep, it just doesn’t happen to me!
By the time I got into the office, I was ready to spend some time with God in His word. As I turned to the passage that my reading plan had selected today, I read some familiar words from the prophet Isaiah and couldn’t help but smile;
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
(Isaiah 40 vs. 29 – 31)
Weariness is part of life. It is one of those things that we all, from time to time, experience. Periods of intense busyness are bound to wear us down but, as soon as Christmas is here, we can rest and catch up with ourselves.
It sounds good but I recognize, within myself, weariness comes with a high price tag attached. I become prone to illness and it is when I am weary I become an easy target for those things that pull me away from God. Another verse I looked at today was Proverbs 25 vs. 28 which says;
A person without self-control
is like a city with broken-down walls.
(Proverbs 25 vs. 28)
That verse is one I can really relate to. Weariness is what breaks down my walls.
It’s at times when I am most weary, I most need the strength of God to renew and lift me so I can keep walking with Him. So, that was my prayer today, that God would strengthen me and lift me so that I can walk with Him.
What was your prayer today?