Are you weary? Do you feel weighed down by many cares? I understand how the disciples felt when Jesus told them to feed the crowd of 5,000. By themselves it was impossible; they only had five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus did this to make it clear that with him it was going to be possible for the disciples to feed 5,000 people. After saying grace Christ had the disciples distribute the bread and fish he provided for the whole crowd. Christ took what the disciples had and multiplied it so that there was more than enough for everyone. My problem is that I forget about Christ and begin trying to feed the 5,000 by myself which of course is impossible. Trying to do the impossible is tiring.
One of the reasons why Christ came was to teach weary people how they can find rest for their souls.
“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.”Matthew 11:28-30
In Psalm 23 we are told that the Shepherd “restores my soul.”
By myself life is too much. With Christ my shepherd, life is not all up to me; I do what I can and trust him to multiply it. By myself I cannot be the husband and father my family needs me to be. Christ is teaching me to accept this; that I am limited, that I do fail. My hope is that Christ will use what little I have in myself and multiply it to my family, my work and my community. In this I am finding rest for my weary soul.