Plumb Tuckered Out…

God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.  He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.  And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts, for even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall.  But those who wait upon GOD get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles. They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.” (Isaiah 40:28-31 The Message)

     I remember my grandma sinking into her rocking chair at the end of a busy day, declaring, “I’m plumb tuckered out!” Grandma’s expression was an American colloquialism dating back to the 1800’s. It implied bone-deep tiredness.

     Fatigue isn’t reserved only for grandparents.

  • Youths grow weary. Figuring out how to be an adult, making decisions about education, career and lifelong relationships is exhausting! Youth wonder, “Who will I be when I grow up?”
  • We grow a little older, finish the first layer of education, perhaps say, “I do” and welcome wee ones. Challenges related to building careers, balancing budgets, raising children, cultivating marital relationships, carving out some “me” time all feels grueling. We try figuring out how best to “grow up.”
  • Before we figure out where the years went, we qualify for “senior” discounts. Weariness sets in as we deal with health challenges, aging parents, making ends meet on reduced or fixed retirement incomes. We may question whether we ever really “grew up.”

     Yes, everything around us changes! I take comfort in the words of the prophet Isaiah who reminds me God remains constant. God doesn’t come and go. God lasts! Ancient words still invite me to “wait upon God,” assuring I’ll find renewed strength and energy.

Consider & Imagine:

  • Consider what causes you to feel ‘plumb tuckered out’ at this stage of your life journey? How might you renew your strength by “waiting upon God,” allowing a divine dose of strength to keep you from ‘dropping out’ or ‘lagging behind?’
  • Imagine you’re at the end of your life, looking back. In what ways do you see God’s faithfulness at each stage of your journey? How can that vision help you keep placing one foot of faith in front of the other today?


     Dear God,

     Thank you for the gift of renewed strength you give me today. Thank you for never changing, for always being available when I‘m weary, for never leaving me—even when it feels like I’m not doing a very good job keeping up with life.

     Wishing you strength for the journey…

Sue Reeve

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