A few weeks ago we were sitting at my son’s basketball game watching him slowly pace the court from one end to the other.
My husband and I looked at each other with questionable stares wondering where our little guy was because it was clear he wasn’t interested in the game.
“He’s tired!” we said in unison.
Our initial instinct was to yell a little louder and tell him to “Run! Get in the game! Get the ball!”
If I can be truly honest, we were frustrated watching our guy not put forth any effort to play the game.
My husband may have even mentioned a little something about being grounded since he wasn’t playing well.
Defensively I said, “He’s tired. He’s seven. And we are the ones who allowed him to stay up late when we should have put him to bed earlier.”
A wise friend gently added to our conversation, “Sometimes your heart just isn’t in the game.”
I get that. Sometimes life will just flat wear you out. Your heart isn’t in it.
My son even told his coach, “Put someone else in; I don’t want to play.”
Do you ever wish you could have someone stand in place for you? I know I do.
Can someone else just take over for a few days while I bury myself under the covers for a good, long siesta?
As I thought about my son’s situation and how our response as parents was to push harder, I was caught off guard by how my earthly parenting is so different from our Father’s parenting.
John 1 tells us that we who believe are God’s children.
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. – John 1:12, NIV
Honestly, I’m tired a lot these days and as God’s daughter, I believe God wants me to keep persevering. But what I don’t hear is His voice telling me to push harder like I had done with my son.
In fact, I hear just the opposite.
“Be still, my daughter.”
“I will provide.”
“Keep believing ME and not your circumstances.”
“Rest in my provision.”
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
He’s my biggest cheerleader. But it’s not about pushing harder to do more, be more.
Sadly, I believe all too often we have a warped sense of security. We wrongly place our value in what we can do and how well we can do it instead of resting in the grace of the One who gives us security because we are His children.
The Word says I can do all things because Christ strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
He will lift me up and carry me through the hard days.
Sometimes, we all need to rest. Our heart just isn’t in the game anymore.
And when we want to pass the ball of life onto someone else or sit out for a quarter, we have the privilege to take it to The Coach and let Him provide strength and rest to get us back in the game.