December 9, 2020
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28-30)
There are days that we feel drained, worn out from keeping God’s work as the priority in our lives. On those days, we want to look Jesus in the eyes and say, “I can’t do this any more! It’s too much. I am overwhelmed. The cross you have given me is too heavy.” Why can’t we let up some times? Why can’t we relax? Why do we have to earn everything we get?
We want to tell Jesus: We don’t know what you want from us! We don’t understand what we are being called to do. To what vocation are You leading us?
We are working so hard to be good parents. The kids get older but parenting never seems to end. No matter their age, we are always worried about them, their lives, their decisions, and the strength of their faith.
We have aging parents who need us. They gave so much to us growing up; we know we need to help them. We love them, but they need more than we can give. It never ends.
We are constantly worried about money. Will we have enough to pay the bills this month? We are working as much as we can, but there never seems to be extra.
We find ourselves getting weaker and tempted to go down the wrong path. We don’t feel strong enough to swim against the tide much longer. All this is going on in our lives, and yet our faith calls us to give even more. But we only have so much time and so much love to give and we are tapped out.
We want to tell Jesus all of these things. We want to let it all out, but we don’t. We fear Jesus will reject us or see us as weak.
Well, here’s a news flash: Jesus already knows we are weak. He wants us to come to Him with our struggles. He wants us to unload on Him. He pushes us when we lose focus and become self-centered, but when we tell Him we are feeling vulnerable and depleted, He pulls us into His loving arms. He assures us, “I will give you rest.”