Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
How can such a seemingly simple verse hold such a difficult directive for our lives? Growing weary is never something you plan to do, and sometimes fighting the weariness that creeps upon you often causes it to grow rather than go away. We work vigilantly at the tasks that He has given us. We take encouragement from any source we gladly find. We delve deeper into His word and spend hours on our knees. Yet even the best of us sometimes find ourselves struggling to maintain our spiritual focus. At such times, giving up appears to be the easiest solution.
There's one thing that we're often surprised to find doesn't change when we accept Christ as the Savior of our life: Life is hard. Harder than we ever dreamed it could be. Harder than our minds, hearts and even bodies can take at times. Unfortunately, the more diligently we are working toward the goals He has set before us, the more we may expect to find the slings and arrows of this life bombarding us from every angle. We are barraged with conflict, difficult decisions, financial concerns, loved ones who break our hearts or illnesses we can do little about. Too often, we believe we just might catch a glimpse of the light at the end of our troubled tunnel when we suddenly realize that the light we see is actually from the speeding locomotive that's coming straight toward us.
Blinded and dazed, with no visible direction in which to run, we are left in the one place where our Heavenly Father has wished for us to be all along: standing on His promises, our arms opened like a child, waiting for Him to pick us up and carry us through our earthly trials. It's difficult for us to toss aside the pride in our hearts and the misconceptions in our minds that tell us we can do it all by ourselves. Sometimes it's only through choked sobs that we can even utter that dreaded four-letter word: help.
How can we fool ourselves into thinking that we can do anything, especially His work, without Him? I suppose our own humanness is partly to blame. Perhaps it's merely blind determination; He has entrusted us with a task to do, which He would not have placed in our hands had He thought we were not capable of the job, and by-gosh, we're gonna do it without any help from anyone! Maybe we're just afraid to ask for help. Most of us have experienced a lack of graciousness in the past when we've asked for help from friends or family. They make us feel foolish, worthless or weak for needing help. Perhaps we're afraid of receiving the same type of response from Christ.
Dear friend, not only is it perfectly alright for us to need His shoulder to lean on, but it is an essential part of how He has designed us! We often consider how intricately and wonderfully His design for our bodies and minds was fashioned by His own hand. But we'd rather not believe that He also created each of us to have faults, inadequacies, and limits. He purposely allotted specific areas in our lives where we can not thrive, nor even exist, without help from others and even more importantly, Him. Even the knowledge we do possess and talents we are blessed with are not limitless.
We need Him to sustain us. We need Him to strengthen our hearts, refresh our minds, and restore our bodies. We need Him to see us through those inevitable times when we grow weary. And we need Him to remind us from time to time that this fight will not last forever. There is coming a day when we will never see troubles, trials or grow tired again. Seeing that day will indeed be a great reward.
Thank You, Lord, for holding us up when we can't stand on our own. Thank You for quenching our physical and spiritual needs when we thirst so desperately. Thank You for making our lives so entwined within Your own that we may barely tell where we end and You begin. Thank You for the love and salvation that You bestow upon us so freely.