“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
Yesterday was a difficult day. It's not that there were any surprises, but it just seemed to tap all my resources. I thought to myself, "It's only Tuesday!"
We all struggle to remain in the fast lane these days. We seem to respond to texts and emails immediately, drive in HOV lanes, multi-task while appearing to sit still, and on and on.
I know when things are beginning to get to me.
My mind doesn't rest. I have to admit, I begin to notice that my mind begins to drift while trying to remain focused. I can't seem to allow myself to rest. When I do rest, I am overwhelmed by dreams that seem to exhaust me.
Jesus seems to understand. Matthew shares that we become weary, and that sometimes the only thing we can do is to give all of these things over to God.
Recently someone shared with me that he tried to do just this, but the pressure of getting everything accomplished was driven by his own ideas of what it means to be successful.
The ability to cast our cares upon God takes more discipline than the act of making out a list of "things to do!"
It means that we purposely stop what we are doing, while thinking about what it is that we want to get done. As people will share with any of us in these situations, we always have options. The benefit, or the goal, is to allow God to have more control.
The idea of giving ourselves, or our troubles, to God, means that we are never expected to struggle with things alone. Before we struggle, we are to pray. Before we get overwhelmed, we are to let go. But most of all, before we become so weary that we don't know where to turn, we are to take time to rest.
Time and time again I have shared, and experienced, we are truly only as good for one another as we are for ourselves.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.