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Tired of it all?
Blair McCullough

Several weeks ago, we had our first professional development day of the year for our faculty and staff. These days are extremely important for growth, collaboration, and this year, time to get our feet back underneath us. We all know what a whirlwind the opening of school has been. During our opening session, I shared a video from a mainstream pastor and talked to our faculty and staff about being tired. The bottom line is – we are all tired!

Several weeks ago, we had our first professional development day of the year for our faculty and staff. These days are extremely important for growth, collaboration, and this year, time to get our feet back underneath us. We all know what a whirlwind the opening of school has been. During our opening session, I shared a video from a mainstream pastor and talked to our faculty and staff about being tired. The bottom line is – we are all tired!

As I hear from our community, it is clear that we are not just mentally, physically, and in some cases, spiritually fatigued, but many of us are emotionally exhausted! The evidence of this fact can be heard in statements like, “I am tired of masks,” “I am tired of people not wearing masks,” “I am tired of social distancing,” “I am tired of quarantine,” “I am tired of our country being divided,” “I am tired of social injustice,” “I am tired …” – you can fill in the blank. These are exhausting times we are living in, but guess what? Even Jesus got tired!
 
The message that I shared with our staff came from John 4:1–15. This section of Scripture, commonly referred to as “the woman at the well,” is most likely very familiar to all of us. What is interesting about this Scripture is that Jesus chose to go through Samaria on His way to Galilee. While this path was the direct route, it was not the politically correct route. Jews did not mix with Samaritans! We all know, however, that Jesus was not one to go with the flow of what was popular in society. For us, sometimes the areas of our lives that we would prefer to “walk” around are the areas that God wants us to walk through, which is particularly relevant in our present situation.  
 
The second thing that really struck me comes from Verse 6: “Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as He was from His journey, was sitting beside the well.” The Son of God was weary? Yes, fully God and fully man, even Jesus got tired! What did Jesus do when He got tired? He rested! We all know the rest of the story – a Samaritan woman came to the well, and Jesus asked her for a drink. This Samaritan woman, who was bound by relational sin in her life, came to the well looking to quench her physical thirst, but instead she had a divine appointment that would quench the spiritual dehydration of her soul! Jesus was tired, and while He did rest at the well, the truth is that He sat down so the Samaritan woman could find rest for her soul.
 
What is God walking you through during these challenging times? What lessons might Jesus be teaching you on this journey? What “wells” are you sitting next to as you navigate this path? Are you sitting next to the well that brings living water (Jesus), or are you sitting next to wells that leave you thirsty and exhausted? In Matthew 11:28–30, Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Jesus is the answer to fatigue and frustration! 
 
According to our Scripture for this year (Romans 15:5–7), our God is the “God of endurance and encouragement!” There is no doubt that the Lord has been with us during the first quarter, supplying the strength needed to endure the challenges we face, and pouring out encouragement on our faculty and staff from our Liberty family. I am so thankful that we are part of a school community where our children are able to sit at the “well” with Jesus every day! 
 
I continue to be amazed by our students, faculty, staff, and families. Our students are resilient, our faculty and staff are warriors, and our families are unwavering and encouraging. I am especially impressed by and grateful for our faculty and staff right now. They are taking on so many new things to keep our students on campus, and they are weary from the battle. This example is what it looks like to be unified in purpose. I am so proud to be a part of this amazing community. Let us all commit to doing everything we can to remain open, even when we are “tired of it.” We are all exhausted, but following the guidelines that are in place is far better than the alternative!  
 
There are so many amazing things happening on our campus right now. Be encouraged, remain steadfast, and lean into Jesus for endurance. It is great to be a Warrior!