In 1968 The Beatles released a self-titled album that eventually came to be known as ‘The White Album’. On this influential album is a song titled: “I’m So Tired.” Though it was recorded almost 50 years ago, it could easily have been written about us today:
I'm so tired, I haven't slept a wink; I'm so tired, my mind is on the blink; I wonder should I get up and fix myself a drink. I'm so tired I don't know what to do; I'm so tired my mind is set on you; I wonder should I call you but I know what you would do. You'd say I'm putting you on; But it's no joke, it's doing me harm. You know I can't sleep, I can't stop my brain; You know it's three weeks, I'm going insane
You know I'd give you everything I've got; For a little peace of mind
I’m guessing many of us can relate to those words. In fact, chances are if you’ve recently asked someone how they are going, the response you got was “busy” or “tired”. Now of course, some of us are tired and busy because of the season of life we find ourselves in. We have kids and jobs and study and bills and grass that keeps on growing. That is a good, God-glorifying kind of busyness and tiredness. But others of us would have to acknowledge that we’re frazzled, busy, and tired, not just because of our responsibilities, but because we haven’t turned aside to be refreshed.
Jesus once promised a burnt out, hurting woman that “…whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13–14). Jesus once said to a group of people crushed under the weight of religious legalism, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). To come to Jesus doesn’t add to our burdens, it relieves them.
When was the last time you turned to Jesus for rest? When was the last time you found stillness just in knowing that God is God and you are not (Isaiah 46:10)? When was the last time you could honestly say along with King David, “He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul” (Psalm 23:2–3). If you haven’t done that lately, what are you waiting for? Jesus is ready to receive you. He waits for you with the offer of water that gives life and arms that give rest. Turn to him.
“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.”
Grace and peace, Adam