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Rest For The Weary

“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.”  Matthew 11:28-30

Stretch 2011 started last night, and it went great.  I’m co-leading the games again this year with a new friend.  Let me just say that we have an awesome Games Team this year.  Everything went very well last night.  And it was obvious as I walked around that the kids were having a great time.  I don’t know the numbers, but it seemed like it was the biggest opening night we’ve had since Stretch began several years ago.

After cleaning up and driving home, I didn’t get to bed until 11:30PM.  This is late for me.  So when my alarm went off this morning at 4:50AM, it’s no surprise that I was exhausted.  I managed to get out of bed and out for my morning run despite my fatigue.  As I ran, this verse from Matthew 11 came to me.

I don’t know what you’re going through right now.  Maybe you volunteered at Stretch last night, and you’re feeling weary.  Maybe you just drove half way across the country.  Maybe you are fighting illness.  Maybe you’ve poured your energy into a project that seems unending.  You’re feeling worn-out, tired, exhausted, weary.  The verse above is a reminder that we can come to Jesus when we’re weary.  He promises to give us rest.

How are you feeling today?  When was the last time you faced exhaustion?


July 28, 2011 - Posted by | stretch, thoughts, trusting God, verses


  1. Great reminder!

    Comment by Jason Fountain | July 28, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks. I need it too!

      Comment by jonstolpe | July 28, 2011 | Reply

  2. Music to my ears this morning, I needed that truth. There isn’t an area of my life that this doesn’t apply to right now, physically, financially, emotionally, and God knows it all. Thank you.

    Comment by Beck | July 28, 2011 | Reply

    • Your welcome, Beck. It applies to me in many ways also. Glad I could share and provide an encouraging reminder. May you find rest in Him today.

      Comment by jonstolpe | July 28, 2011 | Reply

  3. Your choice of a picture is a classic on how I feel today. It made me laugh, now all I need is a tree…lol
    Thanks for being an adult that cares about teens and does something about it. I don’t live in your area but I am so grateful for all the good folks around the world doing good things. They make a difference! I pray the Lords blessings to be with you and your ‘lack of sleep’.

    Comment by beckyjane2 | July 28, 2011 | Reply

    • Thank you. I’ve had energy so far today. I think adrenaline will carry me through tonight. Tomorrow morning could be challenging. It’s a great experience and privilege to serve alongside some incredible adults to help our students feel valued and loved – and to introduce them to Christ!

      Comment by jonstolpe | July 28, 2011 | Reply

  4. Honestly, I’ve been feeling tired for the last week or so… Had to take some time off writing/blogging/etc to rest. I need that from time to time…

    Comment by Dustin | August 4, 2011 | Reply

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