Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | January 12, 2011

Winter Weary?

I love Matthew 11: 28-30, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”

There are so many things about wintertime that can make a person feel weary. The constant cold, the viruses that abound indoors, the edginess of not getting outside as often. I think of the countless mornings that people rise early to plow and shovel the snow…a physical weariness. Or the difficulty for some to get outside in bad weather…a lonely weariness.

In the winter, especially once Christmas has passed, it seems like a long time to wait for spring flowers and more sunshine.

In Matthew 11 , we are reminded to come to Jesus for our rest. Rest from the cold, rest from the loneliness, and rest as we wait for spring to come again.

In Isaiah 40:29-31, we are also encouraged, “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

What other versus can remind us about where to turn when we are weary?

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