Weight of the World or His Burden Is Light

Come unto me, all ye that labour 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 ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

Exhaustion. I’m pretty sure I hit mental and emotional exhaustion last week. With the way this week has started, physical exhaustion might not be far behind.

I’m stressed, irritated, and frustrated, and those emotions run deep and wide. I had a migraine that lasted two days last week. I’m pretty sure it was stress-induced. At the very least, it was elongated by the stress.

I definitely caused stress on my husband last week, and he has all but forbid me to do anything other than what I is considered an absolute requirement. Unfortunately, somehow I seem to have gotten so far behind in all of my requirements that they’re to the point of sneak attacks.

It doesn’t help that I am wanting to do new things. I’m unfulfilled with the old things. Frustrated with my lack of impact and influence. Irritated with the inability to expand my territory. Stressed by the fact that there seems to be so much need and yet I don’t have the necessary ‘degrees’ to meet those needs.

I am definitely ‘labour’ing. I have taken such great amounts of burdens upon myself that some days I am almost exhausted before I get out of bed just thinking about them all.

Then there are the responsibilities I have at work, at home, for VBS, for various other people I promise things to. Did I mention the people who keep asking me to do more things? The people I waste a lot of energy simply trying to dodge? I am definitely ‘heavy laden’.

Everyone thinks, “Oh, it’s just one small thing. It isn’t that big of a deal. She has an extra hour every week”

Unfortunately, there are several people who think this. When you start adding up an hour a week here, an hour a month there, fifteen minutes every day, three hours twice a month, and before you know it I’ve promised away all of my time twice over. And then I feel guilty when I don’t do each job to the best of my ability. Later I feel twice as guilty when I have to resign from a job I should have never agreed to take to start with. I feel like I am letting people down continually.

A lot of the time I feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders. How many of us do that? We spend so much time stressed out that we spend little time actually living life.

Scripture tells us to “Come unto Me, take My yoke, learn from Me, and find rest.”

Wow.

Come to Jesus. Replace the stresses I’m carrying with the yoke of Christ. Listen to what Jesus says and let Him bear my burdens. If I am in God’s will and under His yoke, I will have rest because His burden is light.

When I am stressed and feel the weight of the world on my shoulders, I am not yoked with God. I am not in His will. I am following my own way. I am sitting in the driver’s seat. I am choosing to be weary.

I need a reminder that when I am in His will I won’t be stressed and ragged, but instead peaceful and calm. God is in control, and I don’t have to carry the weight of the world on my shoulders.
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