This post was written for the Five Minute Friday Link-Up.
Matthew 11:28-30 The Message (MSG)
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Weary: the Five-Minute-Friday word for today. How appropriate. I’ve just returned from a run, reflecting on this weariness within me. Yes, lack of sleep doesn’t help, but in reading the verse above I’m able to locate a greater weariness within. A weariness of human voices, of loud voices telling me what to think, believe and do as a woman of faith.
Returning to faith, I’m parched for more. I yearn after true fellowship, encouragement, direction. And yet I’ve found myself wearied by this search for human direction, as one person says one thing, another the opposite and still another chooses silence. And then I pull back to read what God says. I read the verse above and I feel the burden of what I am not called to carry.
“Walk with me” He says. “Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.” And when I read His Word, it quenches. Yesterday, Psalm 77: “Yes, Anna, voice your doubts, voice your anger, say that you don’t even fully understand what’s bothering you. Then, look up and behold Me. And know that I know and I feel and I will guide you through the anger, the ache, the loneliness, the grief you cannot express. Trust me. I am here, beside you.”
Psalm 77: 20 “Hidden in the hands of Moses and Aaron, You led your people like a flock of sheep.” And you will lead me too, even now.
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