Being Restored From the Inside Out

| Grief Author and Speaker

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Being Restored From the Inside OutWhat do you do when you get really weary – I mean “bone weary”? Sometimes I experience that kind of weariness and I find it a difficult thing to talk about … let alone to write about. It is a weariness that requires more than a good night’s sleep but rather calls for renewal and restoration.

When life gets incredibly heavy and you feel depleted, there are, of course, a variety of ways to fill up an empty bucket. However, if the filling does not include some means of internal filling, the bucket will be “leaky!”

Psalm 23 is a favorite of many, used often when planning a funeral and absolutely appropriate in that setting – “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

He is indeed the One who comforts, and he understands the valleys through which we travel. But looking further – “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.”

Some time ago, this passage was a revelation to me as I pondered that my soul only receives filling when a very loving Shepherd fills up that empty soul. No matter the naps we take; the coffees we have with friends; no matter the funny movies or books or the music – unless he is the restorer of our souls, we will not be truly restored.

Soul restoration happens when I take time … time to think, time to pray, time to allow the One who knows me, knows my depletion, knows what I need … to begin the process from the inside out. This kind of inside-out-renewing cannot be rushed! It is easy to think of things we have tried that should help us feel better. In fact, there may actually be a temporary respite; however, soon the weariness in one’s bones returns and it is apparent that renewal is still needed.

God is the restorer. “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-30) It is from him we learn; it is through him we are restored. “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26) He loves us! He restores! He is enough!


Copyright Barb Roberts


| Grief Author and Speaker

Barbara M. Roberts has a degree in pastoral care and family counseling from Regis University, and she has been in the field of caring for those who hurt for many years. Her teaching and speaking, as well as one-on-one caregiving and p...