There are a lot of troubling things going on right now and many of us struggle with every part of it.
Leaning on Jesus in the midst of your struggles is a choice, but not always our first natural inclination. All too often, we take our situation into our own hands only, instead of putting it into the only hands that are totally and fully equipped to carry our load! It’s like our struggles suck us into a tornado of worries and doubt and fear and it’s hard to see past them all.
Weight loss isn’t easy. Marriage isn’t easy. Living in a global pandemic surely isn’t easy!
I look at my own struggles and the struggles of family and friends. They aren’t easy! They are uncomfortable, depressing and downright painful at times!
So, what can we do in the midst of these struggles? I believe we all handle things differently and I certainly won’t be the one to tell you that you aren’t doing it right. Only if I see that you are stepping back from God might you hear anything like that from me.
Some of the things I personally try to do in these times are as follows:
*Align my mind with His Word
*Root my thoughts in God when I feel out of control
*Humble myself at the feet of Jesus
*Ask for forgiveness
*Hold on like your life depends on it, because it does!
When we ask Jesus to take our load from us, sometimes, it is an immediate relief. Other times it is more gradual. Maybe because we are struggling to give it over fully and leave it there. I am really good at that one. I have had a lot of practice.
There is an old song that always comes to mind. It was another that my mother loved and I never forgot. Here is the first verse and chorus.
Come Unto Me
Hear the blessed Savior calling the oppressed,
“Oh, ye heavy-laden, come to Me and rest;
Come, no longer tarry, I your load will bear,
Bring Me every burden, bring Me every care.”
Come unto Me, I will give you rest;
Take My yoke upon you, hear Me and be blest;
I am meek and lowly, come and trust My might;
Come, My yoke is easy, and My burden’s light.
Are you heavy laden? Do you just need to give it away and rest? Jesus is waiting.