(This post was originally posted in 2018 but I thought it was appropriate, given the circumstances in our world today, to repost it. I pray it brings encouragement and hope to your soul today!)
I woke up in the middle of the night a few nights ago with this word in my head.
The only place I’ve ever read that word in is Matthew 11:28. Usually, when I read this verse, I envision “heavy laden” to be more of an action. Something that is the opposite of chasing after Christ.
Tonight, heavy-laden took on a whole new meaning in my soul.
There aren’t a bunch of plates spinning in my life. I haven’t taken on too many projects. I’m not exhausted. I’m not sick. Christ feels near.
Yet heavy-laden was the only word to describe my state of being at 2 am.
Heavy-lady = burdened/oppressed/weighed down
In a few days, a friend is going to bury her 2-year old who 2 weeks ago was a vibrant and healthy young girl. Heavy-laden.
In addition, currently, I am helping a young mom with her 2-year-old. The joy of having her in our home followed by the pain of taking her back to less than ideal living situations does a number on the emotions. Watching injustice and not being able to protect the innocent breaks my family’s heart a little every time we witness it. Heavy-laden.
There’s a reason Matthew 11:28 was put in the Bible.
There are seasons in life where no matter how hard you try, you cannot change or fix the circumstances around you. Certain seasons simply feel heavy-laden.
God knew before the beginning of time how helpless we would feel when we get surrounded by the brokenness in the world. He knew we would all experience spiritual weariness as we walked through life. I can’t help but believe this passage in Matthew was one of his ways of reminding us He is God. We don’t have to be.
His invitation to our spiritual weariness isn’t advice on how to fix it or even how to understand it.
His solution is to simply come to Him and let Him be God. He invites us to practice trusting Him. When we stop trying to be God but teach ourselves how to rely on God instead, we can experience His goodness even in the midst of brokenness.
This week, when the brokenness surrounds me, we mourn the death of a child, and my kids look at me with tears in their eyes begging me to fix a situation I have no control over, our household is going to practice taking God at his word and accepting his invitation to “come to me”.
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