I am tired!
By Rosemarie G Roth
I was wondering if anyone is listening when we say, “I’m tired”. The cry is getting louder every day as parents, workers even children are tired but it’s not for the reasons you might be thinking.
There are mental tiredness, spiritual tiredness, social tiredness, financial tiredness and physical tiredness. We seem to be not getting satisfaction with “things” anymore and we are seeking for a moment of “rest”. Rest in the bed is usually the suggestion yet that is not enough during times of “fatigue”. We are living souls that must experience “rest” either on a “Sabbath” or by the renewing of the spirit of our minds.
It must have been a very happy day for God when He created “man” on the sixth day of the week. Imagine if you can; God creating a person in “His image” and then creating a companion for him! It was sure a happy time, but it was Adam who was celebrating because he received a wife that he called “Wo-Man”. She was to be the mother of all living being. According to Moses, the Arthur of Genesis, God was so pleased that He took the following day and rested.
Genesis 2:2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. (Take a Sabbath rest from your worries or a sabbath rest to give God thanks for life.)
A mother called me recently just to talk because she had not heard from her son in a few years. Her reflections on her life was sad because she had her son out of wedlock, raised him by herself and then migrated to America where life was brutal without her familiar surroundings. Live-in work caused her to leave him for extended time but now he is grown, educated and has moved away from her. He chooses not to call her because he was trying to figure out life for himself. She was tired, he was tired, and the story wasn’t going to end good. She wanted to commit suicide, just to end it all.
Life could be overwhelming, but we cannot solve all the external physical issues with a wish, we must solve what is happening “within”. How are we handling our spirit man? Here is the best news ever; God is looking to burst through with a blessing. An invitation is given in St. Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV) 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Surround yourself with good people:
People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members and friends or seek out activities where you can meet new people, such as church, a club, class or support group.
I was able to get permission to post the birthday tribute below.
“This week my brother Kirk celebrated his birthday. I was so happy to be able to celebrate the entire day with him. We both had a wonderful time and I was overjoyed to see him laugh. I know there are times when laughter evades you, but remember that you are no longer a victim but a SURVIVOR. You have been to the depths of hell and came out victorious. You still have battle scars but those are reminders of the harshness of your battle. I can truly say that I reflect on where you have come from when I am at my low moments and remind myself that as hard as I see things in my life, there are others who have/or had it worse than me. So, I shake it off and get back up. That is because YOU inspire me to be a better me. I love you, big brother.”
Signed little one.
Rosemarie Roth can be reached at 352-321-0932 or [email protected]