Rise before dawn for an hour of Bible study and a five-mile run: Check!
Fold laundry and order groceries while attending an online meeting : No worries!
Cook supper and load the dishwasher while helping with homework : Easy-peasy!
Said no woman ever.
Many are the seasons of a woman’s life, but I’ve yet to hear anyone say life is always easy.
As for me, I’m often a weary woman wondering who I am trying to make a difference when I can’t even make a meal some nights.
But, oh, how my soul is encouraged to know that the Lord Himself understands the demands of life, for during His time on earth, Jesus knew what it was to live a full, poured-out life.
The apostle John records this beautiful example for us: “Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.” John 13:3-5, NLT
In Jesus’ day, it was common to provide water for guests to wash their feet after they’d walked in sandals along dusty roads to arrive. Foot washing, though, was considered the task of a servant, not the task of a leader. Yet, despite Jesus’ authority, while His disciples reclined around the Last Supper table, Jesus served His beloved friends by cleaning their feet.
Afterward, Jesus explained: “Since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.” John 13:14-15, NLT
Though Jesus was physically spent from His journey to Jerusalem and mentally anguished by the impending cross, He humbly cared for His people, setting the ultimate example of servant leadership.
Oh, friend, in seasons when we wearily wonder if all we’re offering our people and our communities makes any difference at all—may our spirits rest in the shadow of the Savior, who humbly served His world and ultimately made the greatest difference of all. (Isaiah 53; John 1:29)
This doesn’t imply that we neglect healthy boundaries by adding more to our to-do lists than God intends. For Jesus also set a beautiful example of withdrawing for prayer and rest, affording Him wisdom to know when and where to apply His limited human resources. (Luke 5:16)
Likewise, as dawn’s warmth strolls across the eastern sky each morning, may we follow Jesus’ lead and seek God for wisdom to know which tasks belong to today and which do not.
And in seasons when the demands of life leave us feeling weary and spent, may we steal away for moments with the Lord and rest in the company of the Savior who understands life’s seasons of sacrifice.
Dear friend, your God knows what it is to be human and weary. The sacrifices you make amidst challenging seasons aren’t lost on Him; He understands.
When you feel like your energy is spilled upon the ground of long days and weary nights—take heart, God sees your service and the quiet legacy you’re leaving upon the lives of those around you.
Even when you can’t always sense it, God is moving within your story as you step in the shadow of the Savior’s example and mark the world with His love.
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