“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30)
Jesus said: “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 unbearably heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly” (vv. 28-30). Note the words, “I won’t lay anything unbearably heavy or ill-fitting on you.” It’s good to know we don’t have to worry about things, figure everything out, or carry the burdens in our lives. It can actually be quite refreshing to realize that we don’t need to know everything about everything! We need to get comfortable saying, “I don’t know the answer to this predicament, and I’m not going to worry about it because God’s in control, and I trust Him. I’m going to place all things in Him and live with His presence guiding me!”
When we’re overburdened with the cares of life — struggling, laboring, and worrying — we need a mental and emotional break. Our minds need to rest from thinking about resolving problems, and our emotions need to rest from being upset. Worry robs us of rest and its benefits. So the next time you find yourself worried and anxious, remember, you can live freely and lightly.
All you have to do is rest in the assurance of God’s love, provision, and guidance. He enters into our pain, stresses and anxieties. If someone asks you what you’re going to do about your problem, tell them you’re not thinking about it right now. If they ask you why, tell them you’ve turned it over to God, and you’re trusting Him to work it out for you.
Heavenly Father, help me to turn things over to You and let You handle them knowing that You will lead me to take action as You direct. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.