Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed. (Ps. 119:116)
WE TOOK OUR KIDS to Disney World and had a blast. We spent the entire day running from one ride to the other, seeing one show after another. It was an exhilarating experience, but by the end of the day we were worn out. As we made our way through the park to catch the last shuttle, my youngest had all but collapsed. She could hardly walk, and in the middle of the “happiest place on earth,” she began to have a meltdown. I immediately scooped her up, placed her on my shoulders, and continued to walk through the park. Catastrophe avoided! As I carried her along, I could not help but remind myself that carrying us is exactly what our heavenly Father does. He carries us in our time of greatest need. He sustains us. When the burden of life gets too heavy, no one seems to care, and there seems no way out, God is near and ready to help. He lovingly promises, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall” (Ps. 55:22).
If you are tired and weary, find comfort and peace in God’s presence, for it is in His presence that we are renewed. It is in His presence that we live and our hope is awakened. Life may wear us out from time to time. We may feel there’s no way to go on. Take heart! Be encouraged! God will lift you up and strengthen you to go forward.
In God’s presence, there is rest for the weary. Cast all your cares upon Him!
Scott Simmons is the author of the youth discipleship series iFollow and was director of youth ministry for the Church Multiplication and Discipleship Division of The Wesleyan Church.