This is 31 conversations from the front porch day 18… you can find the whole series here.
Day 18: Bone Tired. Resting.
“Come to Me all who are weary and I will run you ragged.”
You can throw that in the pile of things that Jesus NEVER said. But my whole life growing up around Christians I have witnessed a whole lot of weary and a whole lot of running ragged all in the name of church. What Jesus actually said was, “Come to me all who are weary and I will give you rest…” But in my whole life I have not witnessed many Jesus followers at rest.
- I have seen them in chaos.
- I have seen them in panic mode.
- I have witnessed them in gossip and in tale telling.
- I have witnessed them angry and disgruntled.
- I have seen them adamantly right Or completely wronged.
- I have witnessed them weary and afraid…
I have seen them performing… and spreading themselves thin. But I have not see them as a people at rest.
I did not learn what a real rest looks like until I was far away from churched places. Until I was intentionally hidden away…
I think you should come to the front porch to rest – to find your voice and to find quiet, to discover all the places you have been hiding from.
It is the best place to lay the weary down.
It is the one place where it us safe to lay down that performance-based perfectionism and JUST BE.
So I sit here…. in my motherhood, autoimmune disease bone tiredness with my thyroid weariness and my lung reminding me that I am still here and I try to find rest.
There isn’t much to say about it. Because I am so exhausted that trying to find words that make sense and can be put together to form a coherent thought is like stretching taffy between two friends.
Come grab the other end of this taffy and pull – and we’ll see if between the two of us we can make sense of the weariness in our bones, the fatigue in our hearts, and the rest that Jesus claims to give to those who come to him.
In the meantime I am simply going to sit here and stare off into distant places and focus on being still.
Because that is all I have to offer today.
Exercises For Your Own Front Porch Conversations
- Simply be.