Now 35 years later, I often feel like my brother, only it is my children who are running over my face with proverbial bike tires.
“Dad, I got a fishhook in my finger!”
“Dad, I dropped a knife and chipped the floor!”
“Dad, I ran into your truck with mom’s car!”
“Dad, all of the water is running out of the pool!”
“Dad, the washing machine is making a funny noise!”
“Dad, I just spilled Coke all over the floor as I was secretly trying to sneak a drink before you saw me!”
Seventeen years of parenting has certainly left “tired” tracks all over my head and face.
I remember that first year of parenting. My wife and I had so much energy then…now it seems like too much work just to go to bed! When our oldest daughter was born we would religiously apply SPF 250 sunscreen on her delicate skin 20 minutes before heading outside on a cloudy day, only to reapply within 5 minutes of the sun peeking out from behind a cloud. Now, we grunt and say…“Hey, you better put some sunscreen on.” We are usually ignored…which gives us no choice but to insert an, “I told you so,” after they burn their delicate, now incredibly tender skin.
Let’s be honest. We get tired. Parenting will wear people out. That is why parenting is for the young. The more kids that one has…the more tired that person becomes. Then, the next thing you know, your 4th child is putting your socks on for you and telling you that you should drink water and put on sunscreen before you go outside. Little do they know that a parent of 4 children (or more) has no intention of leaving the sofa.
Revelation 14 gave us a contrast of rest. We read about how the followers of Satan will find NO rest, while the followers of Christ, though persecuted and even killed, will find a REST from their labors and struggles. Now in Revelation 15-16, we see God’s final wrath against sin and evil is poured out upon the earth and the enemies of God. Yet, in these chapters I am struck with God’s relentless, never ending, and tireless pursuit of people. He is constantly drawing people to himself, desiring that they repent and turn to Him. He never seems to get tired of calling us…He never seems to get tired of loving us and pulling us in.
Oh, to find the rest in Jesus…whose yoke is easy…and His burden is light. May we come to respond to God’s call…to repent and step into that rest!