He said Come unto Me all you who are weary and I will give you rest.
He didn’t say Come every Wednesday or Come unto me even though you’re exhausted or Come unto me or else we won’t be friends anymore.
He said Come unto me all you who are weary…
And they don’t tell you in the pregnancy books that there comes a time, way past the first roll-over time, way past the sitting up time, way past the solid foods time, and wayyy past the first-steps time…
There comes a time when it seems a little like it did when there were babies in the house, and a little like it did when there were toddlers in the house…
But it’s all a little bit different and a little bit bigger.
Because they’re bigger.
You should be tougher but you don’t feel much tougher.
In fact, when you talk to mamas just a wee bit older than you, you might whisper it to them quiet and confidentially and maybe even with a hint of a doubt in your tone while you secretly hope that maybe they’ll understand.
You really hope they’ll nod knowingly and that they won’t tell you that you’re wrong. You hope they’ll hug you and say OH HONEY YES.
It’s harder than it was.
It’s just a different hard.
You feel somehow weaker than you did even though you never ever thought you’d feel weaker and more vulnerable than you did with no sleep and no makeup and milk streaming down your chest and soaking through your shirt and onto your mattress and into your days while the beautiful baby just screamed and screamed and constantly needed a new diaper.
And that just seems so wrong because they sleep all night now, a long teenager’s sleep late into the morning for their growing bodies if your day can spare it, so a full eight or nine is your delight, and most mornings even a leisurely cup of coffee is yours before they arise…and they do work now, real work that makes yours easier.
But they take more of you now.
More mind muscle. More money. More miles.
They take up more space.
In your house.
In your head.
In your heart.
There are more of them and they are bigger and it’s just all bigger and a little more overwhelming but you’re older now and wiser now so you handle it better but handling it better makes you tired sometimes and it’s a different kind of tired.
And sometimes coming unto me looks a lot different than what a mama thought it would way back when they still napped in the middle of the day and still needed you to buckle them into their car seat.
A quiet time isn’t
always ever a quiet time, and me-time doesn’t work and long ago when they were toddlers I cut out a magazine piece that said me-time comes when the babies are grown and now that mine are almost there I see.
I see how it is that I don’t really feel like taking that me-time anymore unless they force me, and now that more than two of them fill a room while college and jobs and future fill their horizon…
I’m glad my me-time revolves around them.
It means saying no sometimes.
It means that I actually had more time for friends when my babies were babies and we could all get together over diapers and coffee and Cheerios and Boppies.
It means that pulling in to them instead of pulling away needs to be my daily priority.
It means that I may lose outside opportunities in order to stay inside the circle of these years.
It means that my growth might actually be watching them grow and that is what my job is right now.
It means that I might have to work through the new ages and stages and grow right along with them.
It means that I might be lacking for folks outside of here and seem shallow when in truth, I’m growing deeper and broader in my care and attention.
But a mama still needs come unto me and thankfully, He stands and He knocks, and what a comfort…what.a.comfort. to know He’s there.
That He is always there.
That when my quiet time is driving-down-the-road time, He doesn’t abandon.
That when I’m extra busy or frazzled or full, He doesn’t condemn.
That when I forget, He doesn’t write me off.
He gently prods.
That when I’m exhausted, He doesn’t shame.
That He loves.
That He forgives.
That He encourages.
That He holds.
That He stays.
And that unlike this time that rushes…that goes…that hurries…
He still says come unto me and when I’m weary and when I’m burdened and when I’m heavy laden…
He doesn’t pressure but He waits.
And He gives rest for my soul.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant through the trial and the change
One thing remains
One thing remains
Your love never fails and never gives up it never runs out on me…your love…it’s your love…
On and one and on and on it goes
It overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never ever have to be afraid
One thing remains
In death and in life I’m confident and covered by the power of your great love
My debt is paid there’s nothing that can separate my heart from your great love
Your love never fails and never gives up it never runs out on me…your love…it’s your love…God it’s your love.