Do you ever feel so tired, like you are running on empty? Your energy has been depleted. You’re tired of giving out? If we think about our car – we are like our cars – we have a tank and need fuel to keep going. Have you ever been on a trip and run out of fuel? Then you have to stop and call for help or walk a long way to get petrol. With our car the answer is easy enough – just get more petrol and we are on the road again. Why do we run out of fuel? Why are so many of us running on “empty”? We can run out of fuel emotionally, spiritually, relationally, or financially. Often it’s a combination of reasons.
Often we are not starting with a “full tank”. We get up and rush off to deal with all our busyness. We have not started the day with God. We get so busy we don’t pause, we just want to finish the task. We need to take a few minutes to rest, focus on God, and allow Him to refuel us. We have our own individual manual for our lives – His Word. Then there are times when we ignore the warning “lights” like poor sleep, stress, and irritability. These symptoms are trying to tell us that our “tank” is close to empty. If we ignore these signs we will end up in the ditch.
So how can we ensure that our tank is always full? We first have to decide that we are fed up with how we’re living. As long as we are willing to live stressed out, pushing beyond our limits and feeling as tired as a dog then nothing will happen! If we continue – often sickness follows – physical or mental. Matthew 11:28-30 tells us: “Come to me, all of you who are weary and over-burdened, and I will give you rest! Put on my yoke 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.” When we come to Jesus we are given rest, He takes our burdens and walks with us. Jesus tells us “I will never refuse anyone who comes to me.” He will give us rest for our souls. He wants us to be yoked with Him – to be controlled by Him – going at His pace, in His direction, alongside Him, and allowing Him to take our burdens. “God does not respond to what we do; we respond to what God does. We’ve finally figured it out. Our lives get in step with God and all others by letting him set the pace, not by proudly or anxiously trying to run the parade.” (Romans 3:28). Who has been setting our pace? Is it the unrealistic expectations of others or ourselves? Are we just trying to please others?
We need to learn to trust Jesus. “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Getaway 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.” (Matt 11:29). Learning is a process. As we begin to see God working in our lives our trust grows. Let’s start every day with God. Get up a few minutes earlier and rest with Jesus in His Word. Thank God for His blessings, praise Him for His grace and glory. Allow ourselves to we yoked with Jesus.