“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:29-31
I never met Barbara Bole. I don’t know much about her life. I don’t know if she was married. I don’t know if she had children. I don’t know what she did for a living or what she did as a hobby. I don’t know much about her at all. There are only a couple of things that I know about her. Her burial plot is next to Misty’s parents underneath a shade tree in a cemetery in Tallahassee, Florida and the inscription upon her gravestone says, “I be so tired”.
I don’t know why Barbara was so tired. She may have performed manual labor for a living and experienced physical exhaustion at the end of each day. She may have spent her days caring for her family and the accumulation of housework, cooking and taking care of others led her to weariness. Maybe she suffered from emotional exhaustion as she dealt with difficult family members, co-workers, or others in her life that led her to weariness and fatigue. She may have suffered with a physical illness that depleted her energy. Whatever the cause, it was significant enough to note on her gravestone that Barbara was tired.
You may be tired today. You are tired from physical work and labor. Your back hurts, your legs hurt, and your arms feel like spaghetti noodles. You are physically worn out. Maybe you are emotionally tired. It’s easy to be emotionally weary in today’s world. You are weary of the pandemic. You are tired of the racial strife and heartbreak that has swept across this land. You are tired of the political division that seems to separate even families, co-workers and friends. You are tired of seeing immorality. You have grown weary of seeing the effects of addiction on those you love. You are tired of all of this and more. You are tired.
I understand. Life today can be exhausting. As I looked at Barbara’s grave, part of me sympathized with her. I understand and feel the statement, “I be so tired”. It’s in this weariness and fatigue that I am so thankful that we can turn to our Father who understands. We can turn to the One who grieves with us and feels our weariness and pain. We can go to He who knows the exhaustion of broken relationships, physical pain and the conflict and divisions that took the life of His son. We can run to the One who understands us and knows us better than we know ourselves.
Our Father will sustain us. He will renew us. He will give us the strength to make it through each day. He carries us when we feel we cannot go on and gives us what we need to make it through another day despite our weariness. He will give us rest and He will remain with us as we face the trials, challenges and struggles of this life that make us tired.
“I be so tired”. If you can say that today, your Father understands, and He is with you. Don’t give up. Refreshment and renewal are on the way. God will give you rest.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30