Do you ever get tired? Like, soul tired? Weary, overwhelmed, fed up? I thought so. I do, too. Silly question, I guess. For me it usually happens when lots of little things pile up on each other and it’s hard to find the air. When big things happen, I can trust God to handle them almost automatically, because what other choice is there in circumstances that you know you can’t control? But with little things, we have this tendency to try to juggle them all, try to keep them under control, try to get by in our own strength, until it all comes crashing down in a big mess of tears and frustration. We don’t like asking for help with the everyday stuff, because we think that we shouldn’t need to. We think we can handle it all on our own until that last straw breaks us.
That kind of self-sufficient attitude stems from pride. My pride is the cause of so much hardship and heartache in my life. And we all know that pride is a sin; one that sort of sneaks its way into other sins. It’s ugly and it’s hard to detect most of the time. So we’re left with the juggling, with a self-sufficiency that’s sinful, and an eventual crashing down of everything anyway. It’s a lose-lose situation if you ask me.
The good news is that we have a Savior who died and rose to bring us peace and life. He promises there is a way to do life that is less stressful and less disastrous for us. And it’s His way, His yoke, every single time.
Come to me, all you 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:28-30 [NIV84]
It might seem odd to think of busy-ness as a sin. But God has not called us to a filled up life. He has called us to a full life, an abundant life, doing exactly what He ordained for us before the foundations of the earth.
His yoke is easy. His burden is light. All the stuff we add is unnecessary and it’s the stuff that weighs us down. There are probably some things in our lives that can go. Even good things.
Drop them, run to Him, and take His yoke upon you. Feel the remarkable weight lifted when you’re doing exactly what He’s designed for you, instead of all the things you think you should be doing, or the things that everyone else thinks you should be doing. He is gentle and humble at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you. -Psalm 55:22 [ESV]
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