I’m tired. As I look to the clock, it tells me this day should have been over some time ago. But there are deadlines to be met and things remain undone. Tomorrow is another day full of things to do and demands to be met. I’m tired.
I’m tired. The pandemic grinds along with no very clear end in sight. New challenges come each day. People tell me they are unsatisfied with virtual worship (welcome to the club!) and that fear keeps us from opening like other churches. I don’t have the energy to explain things - again, because I’m tired.
I’m tired of angry people and social upheaval, political unrest, and the icky feeling I get on social media. I’m tired of not being able to see and minister to the people of the congregation other than virtually. I’m tired of cancer. Did I mention I’m tired?
I told God I was tired of all this and more. You know what God told me?
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
All at once the deadlines were no longer binding, the to-do list lost its power to judge my worth. All at once I was relived of my notion that the pandemic and all its chaos were mine to fix. In a moment, peace overwhelmed the turmoil of this world. Christ simply wants me to be what God made me to be – a holy, beloved child of God. Christ will, by the Spirit, grant me what I need to live into the calling. The rest of the burdens I can lay down and leave behind. Christ will make sure there are others to help pick up that yoke and make it easy. Christ will do the same for you if you let him.
Thank you, Jesus.
Tim Olson, Lead Pastor