‘…Like butter scraped over too much bread.’
How would you describe your feelings when you are feeling tired, out of salts, harassed or even stressed? When life has got you down, got the better of you, taken it out of you?
Can you relate to the J.R.R. Tolkien’s analogy in his book the Lord of the Rings given by one of the characters – Bilbo, the Hobbit – who has clearly had enough and appears quite warn out by life?
“I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.”
It is true that Bilbo at this point was over 100 years old and therefore these feelings of tiredness may have related, to some extent, to his age. However, the Bible tells us:
‘Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion.’ (Isaiah 40:30)
Life does get the better of us all from time to time, no matter how old or young you are, there are times of weakness and tiredness for us all.
Maybe we have been exhausting ourselves by doing too much, especially both early in the morning and late at night – ‘burning the candle at both ends’ as it were.
Perhaps we have been finding it difficult to sleep, having so much on our mind or nothing that keeps us awake at night and sleep alludes us, either all night or part of the night-time.
Conceivably we have been dealing with ill health on a long term or short-term basis which affects us personally or those we love.
Whether it’s busyness, sleep deprivation or health issues or something else, it is normal for us to become weak and tired, even exhausted in our lives at times. But the next part of Isaiah brings good news:
‘But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.’ (Isaiah 40:31)
The key to life, the key to overcoming weakness, tiredness, stress, anxiety – you name it – is trusting in the Lord. When we’re feeling weak and tired, maybe even helpless, be encouraged that by putting your faith in Christ there is new strength for us all.
Once we trust in God, perhaps instead of saying we feel thin and stretched, like too little butter on bread, we can say:
“I feel good, sort of empowered, like an eagle soaring high on wings!”
Written by Jo Jo