The light burden

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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

It feels as I get older, the baggage I carry around gets heavier. I had problems when I was younger, but they felt typical. Clear-cut. A difficult path that was defined by people who had gone before me, and I had a list of steps of what to do to overcome it or get through it.

While I am sure I will feel that way about this time in my life in the future, right now, it feels like I am struggling with more frequent and more difficult problems, accompanied by a lot of change. With these changes have arrived a shake-up of people, circumstances, and assumptions that I had always felt were secure and constant in my life. No list of steps to get out of or through this, but to trust God. As someone who highly values security, probably too much, this has been really difficult. Life has seemed more and more out of my control, although I realize that I really didn’t have control of most of it in the first place. The challenges, changes, and pain weighs on me, and sometimes I feel crushed by it.

Yet God is here with me! And He asks me not to take on ALL THE THINGS. I can set aside the burdens I have and exchange them for the ones He has given me. I don’t have to solve everything, fix everyone, or be everything to everybody. I can look to serve God in the ways He has called me to. And yes, these ways could be hard or challenging, but if I am following God’s will, He will provide the strength.

“But wait!” the cynical fact-checker asks within me. “You can’t shirk your responsibilities!” My inner critic makes me question whether this gives people permission to walk away from people who have become difficult to love but still need to be part of your life.

But no. Sometimes when you pray about this verse and how it applies to your life, not one external circumstance will change. It could even get harder! But if you apply this to the insides of your life, to your self-assigned responsibility as runner of the world and fixer of all the things, when you STOP TRYING TO BE GOD, you will find the rest for your soul. You will accept God’s direction and work at that, and not what you think will be best for everyone and everybody. Seek after His light and easy yoke, and stop struggling under your self-made, crushing, destructive yoke.

This post is part of a weeklong series for the #hopewriterlife New Year Writing Challenge from @hopewriters. Today’s theme was #light.

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