It’s strange for me to be tired. However, the schedule over the last few days has finally taken its toll, and both my mind and body are fatigued. I don’t appreciate the vulnerability that accompanies this state of weariness. I prefer the feelings of power and strength that energy produces. My energy level usu- ally runs on high, so this low is uncharacteristic. But I know that a little rest will recharge my system, and I will be full throttle again tomorrow.
As strange as this feeling is to me, I am reminded of how unusual it had to be to Jesus. In John 4:6, Jesus’ ministry schedule had caught up with Him. He had traveled between Judah and Galilee at least twice and on this day, the trip wore Him out. John says, “Jesus, tired as He was from the journey, sat down by the well.” How strange is it to think that the eternal Son of God sat down because He was tired?
How uncharacteristic for the everlasting God, the immortal, omnipotent God to feel fatigue. He who was infinite in power and might was tired from walking. Perhaps His feet were sore, His legs were weak and His body ached from walking. “Very God of very God” (Nicene Creed) was exhausted.
My own fatigue reminds me of just how much God sacrificed for me. Jesus chose to live the human life, within the limitations of a body. He labored, He tired and He died. God sat down so we could rise up.
Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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