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Weary in the Wilderness

CityRise April 24, 2020 Updates, enewsletter, sermon series, update, wilderness,

How are you today? I mean it! Really, how are you today? If we’re being honest, most of us have probably experienced a good deal of stress since we’ve been at home. Many have been spinning the plates of work and homeschooling, trying to do both with excellence but finding out how challenging that can be (while discovering a newfound appreciation for teachers). Many have lost work or their business, wondering about the future. Outside the home, many have been working in hospitals, tirelessly caring for positive test cases just about every day for over a month now.

So, how are you?

Right now, most people would probably say, “I’m tired. I’m just . . . tired.”

I’m tired, too. This season has been difficult for all of us in different ways, but all of us can relate on the level of just being tired.

Thank goodness we have a Father who knows us and knows the right things to say to us when we feel tired, weighed down, and worn.

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)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6–7)

“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10a)

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

Walking through the wilderness is tiring. But as we’ve been studying in our “Into the Unknown” series over the last few weeks, God stays with His children even while they walk through it, using that time as a prime opportunity for growth. And He’s doing that in this very season! If you need some evidence and encouragement, watch this video of West U Baptist and Crosspoint Church-Bellaire members giving their “Wilderness Testimonies.”

So how are you doing now? Even with tired eyes, I hope you can see what God wants to do in your life right now. I’m praying for you, especially if you’ve been on the medical frontlines for days on end or if you’ve found yourself on a dimly lit path, too exhausted to continue walking. Place your hope in the Lord, take His yoke upon your back, and your strength will be renewed (Isaiah 40:31; Matthew 11:29).

I’ll see you online Sunday morning!

Stay expectant,
Pastor Roger

PS Don’t forget about our Blood Drive on April 28, 29, and 30 at Crosspoint Church. Have you scheduled your donation time online yet?