Waiting in Weariness
They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint. (Is 40:31)
God promises that none of his people will grow weary and faint as long as they are running in his race. That is, as long as they are following his commandments and living in his grace. He in turn, never grows weary or faint in watching over and guiding them. His knowledge and wisdom are beyond human comprehension.
Life can be wearisome at times. I can become so bogged down by my own miseries and so impatient waiting for God to rescue me from my burdens that I’m tempted to give up. But Jesus offers a solution. He tells us, “Come to me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you..” (Mt 11:28-29) He tells us to take his yoke upon our shoulders and learn from him. The yoke he refers to is the yoke typically used for a team of oxen – one on each side. He assures us that he’ll be right there on the other side of the yolk, pulling the greater share of the burden and helping us along.
Mary, you willingly harnessed yourself into the yolk God asked of you. No doubt it would be a heavy burden, but filled with the Spirit, you were secure in God’s promise to be right there on the other side, pulling the greater share of the burden and helping you along. Please, don’t let my weariness weight me down. Guide me into the yolk God has for me so that I may carry it worthily and nobly.