by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9, NIV)
What comes to mind when you hear the word weary? For me, I think of persevering to a point where fatigue and malaise leads to utter exhaustion, resulting in a loss of perspective of the greater goal. This can happen when you lose sight of the forest for the trees by focusing on the individual tasks in front of you as opposed to the cause for which you work. When it comes to farming, you prepare the ground, plant the seeds, tend the young plants, and harvest the produce when the time comes. Each individual step is critical to the process, but the step is not the process in-and-of itself. I know from learning from my mom and grandfather, both who excel in planting and harvesting, that each step is essential to reap the rewards of the harvest.
It is easy to get weary when we get lost in the day-to-day tasks as though they alone are end results. We would do better to see the rhythms of each step to see they have a purpose, but more as a means to the end. Work. Rest. Work. Wait. Repeat. Recognizing the rhythms of each step and how it fits into the larger goal is essential.
Check out The Message Version of these profound words from Jesus, “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” (Matthew 11:28-30). Recovering the unforced rhythms of grace. Learning when to work hard, play hard, and rest hard. Paying attention to the individual task in front of you with your focus on the ultimate goal.
Are you feeling weary? Have you lost your rhythm? Jesus wants to help you recover them in an unforced manner and restore joy in your life. Will you let him?
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for showing me the unforced rhythms of grace. I know how my life seems to wobble unnervingly when I am out of rhythm. Help me to get away with you to relearn the rhythms of working and resting with a constant eye to the salvation you have in store for me and desire for all. I pray this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.