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Matthew 11:28

Learning to rest in the Lord
Matthew 11:28

Dangerous tired is the atmospheric condition of the soul that's volatile and portends the risk of great destruction. It's a chronic inner fatigue accumulating over months and months, and it doesn't always manifest itself in physical exhaustion. In fact, it can be masked by excessive activity and compulsive overworking. When we're dangerously tired we feel out of control, compelled to constant activity by inner impulses that we may not be aware of. For some reason we can't quite name, we're not able to linger and relax over a cup of coffee. We can't keep from checking voicemail or email "just one more time" before we leave the office or before we go to bed at night. Or we can't stop cleaning or doing repairs and projects in order to take a walk in the evening or be quietly available to those we love. Allow yourself to become fully aware of God with you in these moments, loving you and extending compassion to you. Hear the words of Jesus spoken to you in these moments: "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). What is it like to hear these words right now? Do you believe it's possible for you to find the rest you need? Tell God what you need, and listen for what he wants to say to you now. Adapted from TCW article "Are You Dangerously Tired?" by Ruth Haley Barton.

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