“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 11:28-30 The Message
With everything that is going on in the world right now God is showing me He is our burden bearer.
We can all relate to carrying something heavy physically, “I picked up the box and it was so heavy I could barely lift it.” But, how often do we think about the burdens or the weight that we are carrying that no one can see? Most of the time we don’t even talk about the weight until it gets to a point of feeling like it’s crushing us and we simply cannot hide it anymore.
The things we carry almost don’t seem like burdens anymore because we become so use to carrying them. I used to have a real problem with worrying. I had a list in my mind of things I needed to worry about. If by some small chance there was nothing on my list I worried because I must be missing something that I should be worried about! How silly is that?
The promise I now stand on is: Psalm 68:19-20 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape of death. He is daily bearing our burdens and through Him comes escape of death! What a promise when your mind is racing with all the “what if’s”.
There will always be more burdens than we are able to carry. I have learned that carrying burdens God wants to carry for us leads us to exhaustion, spinning out of control and burnout. These things keep us from Jesus, the one who can truly help us.
So, Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? Are you ready to give Him your burdens? He is waiting for you, every day.
Dear friend, may you release all the heaviness that you have been carrying to Jesus. Trust Him and surrender everything that is preventing you from leaning into the rest that God has for you. Amen.