In this world, we so easily get caught up in the stress of life. It’s crazy how anxiety affects us mentally, but also physically. Sometimes I feel like I can feel the weight of the world sitting on my chest.
I could easily say, “Just don’t worry about it! God is in control.” As true as this statement is, it doesn’t make the anxiety magically disappear.
God pulls the weight of our burdens off of us piece by piece, and it sometimes feels like a very slow process.
God pulling the weight of stress, anxiety, depression, etc. off of us is a process that could look different every time it happens. This process could look like taking time in your day to rest silently in His presence, or it could be crying out to God and asking Him to release the pain from you.
The world expects us to carry our own burdens, whatever they may be. But I want to make it very clear that we were never meant to carry our own burdens, and that is why Jesus died on the cross. I believe He did this because He was fully aware that the weight of the world is too much for us to bear. The world often says, “Every man for themselves.” But I want to boldly tell you that we are not meant to be on our own. We were created for fellowship, and we were created to depend on God and the people He has surrounded us with.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” –Matthew 11:28-29
We are not called to carry our own burdens and “fix ourselves” before we come to rest at His feet. We are called to come to Him, and He will give us rest whether we are broken or not. We aren’t meant to heal ourselves before we go to God; we are to go to God to be healed. We aren’t called to fix ourselves; we are called to be still.
Allowing God to slowly pull the weight of the world off of you could look like letting go of control. I am a self-proclaimed control freak, so this has been hard for me. We think we are supposed to have everything in order in our lives so that we can find rest. The crazy thing is that we are tightly holding on to the control that we never had in the first place. God is in control. Of course we have free will, but that doesn’t mean we are in full control of everything around us.
This week I encourage you to let go of the burdens you’re holding on to and turn to the God of peace that passes all understanding to find rest. In your life, what does it look like to let go of control? Please share in the comments below!
…act justly, love mercy, walk humbly…