There is a certain time in our home each evening when opposition is high and tears flow. I must say, I can almost always see it coming and its not my favorite part of the day. It’s the time when mommy or daddy must tell Joel to stop playing and come to the table for dinner.
Now my little blessing can be the sweetest thing at breakfast as we share a cup of (decaf) coffee, but ask him to eat dinner and you would think a different child has entered the room. Mercy! The tears fly and the screaming starts; followed by a whole long line of NO’s. He doesn’t want to stop playing.
I find I can be a lot like Joel in my daily routine. My various roles require me to do things like cook meals, clean toilets, fold laundry, pack lunches, write lesson plans and more.
While your life and mine can be very different, in many ways they may be the same. Hectic
Indeed, the family, friends and activities God has given can be a blessing. However, at times, we can find ourselves caught up in the responsibilities and needing a break. Like when I ask Joel to take a break and come to the table. As dinner provides our bodies nourishment and the refueling we need to fulfill our responsbilities, so a break with our Lord provides rest and renewal for our souls.
Jesus, needed a break, too. Let’s take a look at the Word.
“Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.” ~ John 4:4-6 (NIV)
The Word says Jesus had to go through Samaria. Many of our life’s responsibilities are things we have to do. In doing those things, if we aren’t mindful of our own limits and need for the Lord, we can get tired and worn down. This is especially true for mommas. God has made us natural caregivers. We take care of our children, our homes, our spouses, and for many of us, we have another job outside the home, too.
It’s necessary that we give ourselves times of rest and renewal. For without it we run the risk of burnout and thus being less effective. When Jesus was tired what did He do? He sat down by the well. I love that! Jesus’ example encourages me to sit down by the well. The well called God.
“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” ~ Isaiah 12:3
In the days ahead, if you haven’t had the opportunity to sit down at the well for a while, I am praying you will find the time. May you draw from God’s rich supply of peace and joy. May your heart be refueled for your journey.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23