Rest for the Weary
Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart and you shall find rest until your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 KJV
Come to me, all of you who are weary and loaded down with burdens, and I will give you rest. Place my yoke upon you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest for your souls, because my yoke is pleasant, and my burden is light Matthew 11: 28-30 ISV
Who among us does not experience the burdens of life? There are bills to pay, children in school, unexpected family crises, health issues, job loss, bereavement from death, etc. Keeping our lives intact and functioning on a productive level can escalate to be a burdensome task. In addition, a major portion of the problems that we face is beyond our circumstances or control. When does it end? As long as we are alive and breathing we will always have storms in our life to overcome. There are many challenges on a day-to-day basis that require immediate intervention along with developing short-term and long-term goals to facilitate resolution or prevention of recurrence.
Individuals with family support often have it much easier than those who are relatively on their own to resolve ongoing issues. Statisica.com shows the number of single-person households in 2017 to be 35.25 million. ” According to figures from the year 2016, those aged 45 to 64 were the most likely age group to die by suicide.” There are various reasons that are given for ending one’s own life, but the main reason is a sense of hopelessness and that the situation will never resolve or get better.
Almost one-third of my life was spent living in a single-person household. I experienced various issues such as poor financial money management, job loss, fluctuating health status, divorce, and estrangement from my immediate family. I emerged a very broken and unstable individual until I asked God to become a part of my life. I can testify that God has given me complete healing and deliverance from a disorderly lifestyle and unproductive mindset. Even so, there were several steps that I had to take to receive freedom from past behaviors.
1. Acknowledgment-What part was I responsible for when chaos was in my life?
2. Recognition-Realizing that I took on burdens that God told me to give to Him.
3. Ownership-Identifying my mistakes and promising to not repeat the old behaviors.
4. Confession-Asking God for forgiveness for excluding Him from my daily life.
5. Transfer of Ownership-Giving my burdens to the only one that has the power to bring resolution.
It has taken me most of my life to completely allow God to be the Driver of the Automobile of my Life. But now I am content riding in the passenger seat. The obstacles are still on the road; however, for the first time, I have no worries. Taking that first giant leap of faith, and giving every burdensome care to God has strengthened my faith and trust in Jehovah Jireh.
It is so wonderful to let God be your burden bearer. I have been healed from a lifelong history of insomnia. Now when I awaken refreshed and renewed, I ask myself, “What took you so long to figure this out?”
Prayer for today: Dear God, I desire you to be the Driver in my life. I am weary of excluding you as my Provider. Please forgive me. I am ready to be free from the burdensome task I have carried. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz