“So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all..” Gal 6 v 9-10
Not growing weary of doing what is right is a message we keep hearing -to keep on staying at home, washing our hands, wearing our masks, practising social distancing etc. This may not be what St Paul had in mind when he wrote these words- but the intention is the same…to encourage people to work and live for the good of all. By following government guidelines, we are doing just that, showing God’s love and care for our neighbours and communities and playing our part in reducing stress on the health service and all those working there.
Weariness is, however, a real issue. It is clear in the reports that we read and see on TV- so many are tired and overstretched, so many who day after day are working on the front line, be it in hospitals, care homes or essential retail and services are suffering exhaustion and burnout.
Indeed, we are all feeling weary -weary of living with the constant restrictions and limitations on our lives. Weary of not being able to meet up with loved ones, weary of the grim daily statistics and bad news, weary of the anxiety and uncertainty.
However, we have a God who promises to help all those who are weary.
“They that waits upon the Lord shall renew their strength…they shall rise up with wings like eagles. “
It is a text often quoted but nevertheless one that I keep coming back to. God will give us all we need day by day if we wait upon him and enable us not to grow weary in doing what is right. That means being faithful in spending time with God, sitting in his presence, allowing his Spirit to work in us and through us in the lives of others. It means persevering in prayer and in trust-even when we least feel like it. And God, who is faithful, will help us to rise from his presence on wings of renewed faith and strength.