Plumb Tuckered Out

by Cheri Cowell

My grandpa would come in from working outside, sweat dripping from his nose, his shirt covered in dirt, and breathing heavily. Grandma would bring him a cold glass of water and ask if he was okay. He’d smile and say he was good, but he sure was “plumb tuckered out.” My sister and I would giggle, because we could see exactly what he meant.

After working in my own yard today, I know how he felt. I looked just like my Grandpa–sweat dripping from my nose, covered in dirt, and certainly breathing heavily. There are actually many things that make me feel “plumb tuckered out.” House cleaning, grocery shopping, and my day-to-day job tasks are all physically wearing. I can also feel this way while serving my family, even though it is a joy.

Likewise, I can easily become tuckered out in doing good, giving and giving, and caring and loving. Lately, I’ve been tuckered out with the prayer burdens of others–it seems there are so many needs coming from everywhere. I may not be covered in dirt and sweat, but my spirit is huffing and puffing.

The Bible calls this being wearied and burdened. God knows the limits to our strength and offers a prescription. We are to call on Him. Whatever life throws at us, call on Jesus. He is our tall glass of water. He’s our warm bath. He’s our encouragement.

When you’re plumb tuckered out, come to Jesus and He will give you rest.

So what does that look like? If my Grandpa had just stood there holding the big glass of water my Grandma handed him, it wouldn’t have done any good. In order to receive refreshment for our souls, we must drink the water. That means sitting still and listening, or taking a next step on an unfamiliar path. It might be getting rid of something we were never meant to carry. Sometimes it means drinking in the Spirit with an attitude of praise and thanksgiving.

There are many ways we can align our life’s rhythm with His, but it takes getting our mind off of what we are doing and drinking the life-giving water only He provides. The Scripture below reminds us that when we notice the signs of weariness, we need to do something to address the need–to restore out souls and change our rhythm. Jesus is our Tall Glass of Water. Are you drinking Him in?

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28 The Message

cheri cowellAbout the author: Cheri Cowell‘s Bible study, One Story, One Mission, One God, shares how God’s mission has been the same from Genesis through Revelation. To learn about this and Cheri’s other books visit

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