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 (NIV) ~
Too much has transpired in the past year; these past months have been beyond taxing. We have made many mistakes, totally failed in some areas, and been victorious in some things. Many people are watching what is happening to us, our response, and how God will resolve the situation.
This very morning, on this last day of 2015, God met me through a book I was reading. I found myself identifying with what the characters were saying and understanding that though I thought I was casting my cares on Him, I kept taking them back because I was desperately trying to figure out what to do about our situation.
The anxiety, the hopelessness, the desperation—all of that was a result of my doing as I wrestled control from Him. I am not ashamed to let you know that I cried as I read that I am to cast my cares and worries at His feet, and He in return, gives me a burden I can lift—”My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
That is all it took to release what was making me weary and heavy with burdens that were not mine to carry. And, as I let go of those cares and worries, I felt His rest and peace come.
You see, I forgot that all along He has been aware of my condition and been with me; and that all along, all He has wanted from me is that I rest in Him.
The hard part is waiting for Him to act; I fear taking matters into my own hands and hindering what He is doing in our lives. I am mindful of Isaiah 55:8-9,
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
I do not know how He will resolve our situation, but know that His answer will come at the right time, and in His way.
I see that His goodness and lovingkindness are endless; He is faithful and true, and I am/we are, His. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). It is with this in mind, that I offer to Him and share with you portions of David’s song, Psalm 145:1-3, 14-18:
I will extol You, my God, O King;
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
And His greatness is unsearchable.
The LORD upholds all who fall,
And raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look expectantly to You,
And You give them their food in due season.
You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The LORD is righteous in all His ways,
Gracious in all His works.
The LORD is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
Dear Father, there is none like You. You know the thoughts of my heart and meet me when I need You most. Thank You for holding me—Don and Noah, too—through this very difficult time in our lives. “If it had not been the LORD who was on our side” (Psalm 124:1a), I would have—we would have—lost heart and gone under. Instead, You hold us tightly and remind us that we are not alone; that You know everything that affects us and have an answer for us.
Lord, at every moment that the cares and worries I have cast at Your feet call to me to take them back from You, help me to close my ears to them and cause me to hear only Your still small voice. Lord, do not let us grow weary in heart when an answer does not come when we expect it. (Oh, God, help us to wait patiently!) Help us when we lose sight of You and despair; turn our eyes and hearts toward You, and be still before You and know that You are our Father—the One who holds us in His loving and caring arms.
Be glorified in our response to this situation, Father, and help us to have grateful hearts. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Praying that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus bless this new year for you.
Please, if you remember us, pray for us. Thank you!