Are there days you are just completely exhausted? I’m not talking about the days you’re tired because you stayed up late working or binge watching The Office. No. I’m talking about 100%, cannot move your body, life has pushed you to the ground and there isn’t any hope getting back up. Yes? Same here. Why is it that we allow ourselves to let life hit us like a semi truck? Why is it that we let this happen time and time again? Leaving us blind, hopeless, alone, bruised, broken…weary. I have found myself at this place many times. Due to things that I could have demolished if I wouldn’t have let it happen to me first. It’s as though I’m seeing the ‘Life-Threatoning-Wave’ itself move toward me, ready to eat me alive, and I just stand there staring at it. Waiting for it to take all I am away with it.
I’ve been reading Matthew today. Matthew 11:28 states,
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Whether you’re a Christ Follower or not, we’ve all come to a place in our lives where we’ve sought out a higher power to get us through our struggles. In the Message version above one of the lines states “Are you…Burned out on religion?” This may come to some of you as a confusing statement. You may ask yourself, “if someone is burnt out on religion, then why would you seek a religious figure?”
God is NOT a religious figure. Jesus isn’t about religion, He’s about YOU. He’s about ME. He’s about US. The only religion God wants from us is having us RELIGIOUSLY seeking after Him. Not just during the hard times, but the easy times. In this passage, God is asking us to stop trying to defeat the wave – semi truck – mountain in front of us but to let HIM have that pressure instead.
You may ask, “It says in that passage ‘I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.’ If that’s true? Why do these things happen to me?”
Does God want you to live a wonderful life? YES. Does God want horrible things to happen in your life? NO. Do bad things happen? Yes. If these things in our lives didn’t happen, then what would be the purpose of Jesus dying for us. What’s the point of his grace? What’s the whole point?! Faith. God wants us to earnestly seek Him. To trust Him. To lean on Him like you’ve never leaned on anyone else.
And why shouldn’t we? Why would we want to go through these times alone?
I’m letting go. I’m giving it to Him. I’m going to find my rest. Will you?