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Friday, June 10, 2011

Fatigue 5

Today I’m reading John 4:5-7 So [Jesus] came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”

And Exodus 17:12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.

Moses and Jesus had something in common: they both got tired. Moses is praying his guts out so that the Israelites would have victory; and as long as his arms stayed up, they did. But you try that! Couple of minutes and you're done. Unless you've got some super guns your arms are going to droop. He needed his two closest buds to help him out. Notice - he doesn't say, "Get away. I can do this by myself. I don't need your help." No. He doesn't fall back on false pride or machismo. He knows he needs help and he accepts it when it was offered. Do you?

Jesus isn't doing anything super spiritual. He's just walking. Long, dusty, hot, throat parched walk. No camel. No chariot. No super divine feet floating a half inch off the dirt. No. Real sore feet. Blisters. Maybe he blew out a sandal. He's hot and tired. He just wanted a cool drink of water.

Maybe you felt that way today with the temperature reaching 98 degrees here in New Jersey. What would really feel good? I'm writing this from Starbucks chillin' with an orange soda. Boy, that was goooooood.

And Jesus asks for assistance. He could have just snapped his divine fingers and water would have shot out of the ground. He didn't do that kind of stuff, not for himself. He accepted all our human limitations, even fatigue. I'm glad he understands what it feels like to be flat-out tired, hot and thirsty. And this little respite turned into one of the most famous conversations in Scripture (the woman at the case you don't know. Keep reading the whole chapter).

There are refreshing people and there are draining people. When you're fatigued, seek out the refreshing ones. The ones who lift your spirits, whose presence is like an ice cold drink for your soul. Don't go it alone. Moses didn't. Jesus didn't. Are you stronger, better, more spiritual than they are? Don't think so. So, follow their example. Don't turn away people who are offering to refresh you. Get your silly pride out of the way and let others serve you when you need it.

And maybe you can also be a refreshing person in someone else's life. Maybe there's someone who needs an encouraging word, a pat on the back, or an ice cream sundae from Friendly's. Go for it!!

Have a great weekend!


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