"Have you not heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding." Isaiah 40:28 (NLT)
Life. Day in, day out. One responsibility after another. This child sick, this bill over due. Fear of what the doctor is going to say. Afraid to ask what else could go wrong because you just might find out.
Been there? Are you there now? We all know the weariness of carrying one worry after another. Everyone has experienced sleepless nights that lead into those days of just putting one foot before the other to keep going.
For me, three consecutive years come to mind immediately. In 2007 I was helping to take care of my parents. I had moved them from east Texas to be near me after my father had suffered a heart attack. He was my mother's caregiver. She had been in poor health for many years so it was imperative that they be where someone could help them. They had been there for a couple of years, then in November of that year, my father got up one morning and passed away in his chair. Now my mother was my responsibility to see after.
In 2008 the economy was suffering. Layoffs were occurring throughout many industries. One of those effected was my husband. He called me one day at work and told me he had just been laid off. The income, and insurance, that we counted on would be gone when his severance package ended.
In 2009 he continued to seek employment, I continued working and taking care of my mother, and we continued to raise our teenage daughter. Then in September I got a call from the rehab center where mother had gone to gain some strength that they had found her dead on the floor in the middle of the night.
I'm sure every person reading has gone through their own times when they wondered how they were going to keep moving. The weights upon the shoulders grow heavier and heavier until you think for sure you will break. But somehow, one breath leads to another and living goes on.
Today's verse is such a reassurance. We can turn to the One who never grows weak or weary. Our Creator has always known what joys and hardships we would face in our lives and He already knows what it will take to get us through them. He doesn't promise us easy lives, but He does promise us that we will not walk our roads without Him by our side. And it sure does help when we can slide our tired hands into His and allow Him to take the lead.
I know many who are suffering right now. I am praying for several who are ill, grieving, battling depression, looking for jobs or are swimming in unceasing tears. I don't have a magic wand to make all the troubles cease. But, I know the great I Am, who has all power and can bring rest where it is needed.
My encouragement is to turn to the Peace-giver. Go to the foot of the cross and cry out for help. He never slumbers or sleeps and is never to busy to listen. There you will find hope and help for carrying your burdens.
May His mercy and grace be abundant and your heart find relief.