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Rest For The Weary

28 Sep
Rest For The Weary

Few bands have impacted my young adulthood as much as Cool Hand Luke (this not this). I have fond memories of attending many of their Midwest shows, opening for them a time or two, and engaging in light theological discussions with their singer/drummer, Mark, from time to time. That was over ten years ago. Mark is currently a few semesters ahead of me towards completing his M.Div. and attends Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. Good for him. The world will miss his music for a while, but benefit greatly from his preaching (or whatever scholarly pursuit he adopts). I say this… while eagerly anticipating his new project which releases in a few days.

Last night, I was working on my first syntactical analysis paper for Hebrew Exegesis class and feeling sorry for myself. (Biblical languages have not been my strongest suit in seminary so far.) After spending a few hours on two ancient words, Cool Hand Luke’s song Rest for the Weary came on in the background of my headphones. I never cry, but almost publicly lost it.

Immediately, I was taken back to some of the blackest days of my life. I remember listening to that song (and others like it) over and over again while weeping in the dark and praying through the psalms. My troubles in life are comparatively light at the moment and God has blessed me beyond imagination. Thankfully, as the bride of Christ, we have so much more to ultimately look forward to. The sufferings of this life are temporary. Morning’s joy will come. Maybe not right away, but it will come.

Jesus has always been my closest friend, comforter, and hope. The song below addresses all three realities of our relationship with Him. He knows our pain and has suffered greater. Christian, as we walk through the fires of life, let’s keep our eyes fixed on Christ and Him alone. No one else provides rest for the weary.

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Rest for the Weary

Hey, it’s me
I’m sorry it’s so late
I can’t sleep I knew you’d be awake
You’re always home
Waiting by the phone
For nights like these when I’m feeling all alone

I wish it didn’t always have to be this way
I wish that I could talk to you face to face
But nothing compares to the way
You always listen and know just what to say

Hold my hand
I can’t stand alone
Here I am
Waiting for you to take me home

Oh, I just want to sing
I only wish there was a word
For what you mean to me
I would only say it once
In hushed tones so it would not grow old
But all I have is, “I love you”

You’re my Jesus, You’re my hero
You’re everything I wish that I could be

You’re the one who comforts me
When everyone has gone away

I can’t stand alone
Here I am
Waiting for you to take me home

And I will keep on singing because you hear me
And I will keep on smiling because you’re near me

I’ll sleep well on a promise tonight

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  1. foodloveinspiration

    September 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm

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