“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.
(29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Hello everyone and welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration! I hope that your Sunday is off to a good start and that we all will truly experience the loving and powerful hand of God…at work in our lives today, as we spend these quiet and precious moments alone with Him!
How many times are we going to allow ourselves to walk through moments of needless suffering…before we let go and fall into the arms of Jesus? You know…even though Jesus may be allowing a circumstance to stick around for a bit…He never said that we would ever have to face these moments alone. In fact…in our Bible reading today; Jesus is saying… “Come unto me”… “I will give you rest.” What is even more amazing in these verses…in Matthew 11; is that Jesus truly longs to exchange our yoke of bondage, for a lighter one…one that will not make the suffering seem out of control or difficult for us to bear, which makes me realize even more; that Jesus’ love for us is so great; that He is willing to share in these difficult moments of pain and heartache.
Recently, I was telling my husband that I remember a time in my life, when I would stay up a lot throughout the night…worrying and upset over a problem. I guess that those were the days, when I tried to handle life on my own, which I quickly came to see…was not working out that well.
As time passed; I began to discover all that Jesus could be for me and I not only learned but I pursued, until Jesus became my closest friend. Now, when I’ve had a hard day and my mind refuses to shut down; I turn to a god, whose peace truly does calm the troubled waters within. In fact, there was one night a while ago, when I was having a talk with God before bed and as I told Him about my day, I began to also ask for His perfect peace…not a temporary peace that comes through life here on earth; but a peace that could truly become the remedy I needed at the time; so I could settle down and rest for the night. As I began to lie down and continue my talk with God; it was as though I sensed a watering can above my head…sprinkling droplets of peace and before I knew it…the cares of the day had melted away and I was fast asleep.
You know…Jesus truly longs to help us through the moments that are just too much for us to bear alone; but first, we must walk in His direction, rather than the direction of the problem…or our own direction. Walking in Jesus’ direction…with a heart that truly longs for His help and care, will open up a place for Him to enter; so peace can be exchanged, for the heavy burden…brought about by these difficult moments of affliction.
We don’t always understand why Jesus just can’t remove the problem from our lives; but while we are waiting on Him, to help us walk away from the circumstance; there is a way, where we can find relief from these troubled times…and all Jesus is asking; is for us to run into His loving arms of mercy and let Him take over from there.
In my office, I have a picture on the wall and it depicts Jesus lifting up a young man…as a means of leading him away from the darkness…into the light. One thing I have truly come to see through this picture; is a love that is willing to take everything upon Himself…to bring someone out of darkness…someone, who can barely stand on their own.
No matter what we face in life…or no matter how long the trial may last; Jesus longs so much to not only walk through these moments with us; but to also shelter us and be the strength we need, when we find it so difficult to stand on our own. The question we need to ask ourselves today is this; are we willing to let go; so God can carry us and be our strength, during times of weakness?
Blessings on your day!
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About the Author
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."