Re:Verse reading–John 4:4-30, 39-42 (day two)
So Jesus, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. vs. 6b
Have you recovered yet? This question, more than any other, permeates my post-Christmas at First conversations. People are kind to ask, and somewhat understanding of the energy required to present those services every year. I loved reading this verse during this season. John records a very human Jesus who needed rest. Who traveled far, and was indeed tired. We must remember to rest. We must also recognize the sacred nature of work. It is good to work hard. It is a blessing to feel exhausted from a job well done.
That, however, is not the end of the story. Jesus was never too tired to love someone into the faith. Even in our moments of “unplugging” we must recognize the needs of those around us to receive Jesus. One of the old adages for pastors is to be ready “in season and out.” That also means even when we are resting, vacationing, getting away, etc. Never weary of the gospel. Keep Jesus’ love at the front of your mind as you make plans to rest this season.