I’m tired. And not just a little bit, either. My day started at 5:00 this morning with a sick daughter. Not long after I got her settled and sat down to a quiet time, my son showed up, obviously not well himself.
I spent most of my morning going back and forth between the two of them. Fortunately, neither of them desperately needed me at the same time, but they kept me pretty busy. I did manage to get the kitchen clean and get a load of soiled towels, clothes, and a futon cover washed and put in the dryer. But nothing else got done. At 11:45 I sent my husband a message informing him not to expect lunch at noon because it wasn’t even started. That amazing man proceeded to come home and take care of it for me.
Then right after lunch the cat decided to start letting us know that he, too, was miserable. I still have no idea what is wrong with him, but I couldn’t stop to try to make him comfortable. All I could manage to do for him was try to tolerate his continual wailing and shuffling in a vain attempt to get comfortable.
All of it combined together to bring me where I am now. Just plain tired.
In the middle of it all I’ve tried to pray. My prayers have been more short pleas of desperation than anything else, but in response came a verse.
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
Is 40:28 NASB (emphasis mine)
Oh, how amazingly refreshing that is! I get so tired when unexpected demands are placed upon me. But, no matter how much care we need (and we need a lot!) our heavenly Father will never, ever, ever grow tired! We never put too much strain on Him. And not only that, but when we are pouring into others – like our sick children – He adds His strength to us as well!
As I look into the evening, my two sick ones seem to be on the mend, but my middle child is now complaining of a little tummy ache. So, I am anticipating a long evening tacked on to the end of a long day. But, the Lord is strengthening me as I lean on Him. Between the two of us, we’ll conquer this bug and take care of every need my sweet children could possibly have!