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Growing Heavier

 “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.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30
“Dad, run with me!” I hear it nearly everyday.  I love it.  Half the time it means chasing my three year old son in circles around our couch, dodging toy cars along the way.  The other half it means throwing him on my back and running that same circle around our couch; and the more he is bounced in the process, the more he laughs and the more joy fills us both.  But as time goes on, he gets heavier, the impact of the bounces compile and the length between our much needed breaks shortens.  I’m not looking forward to the day that those piggy back rides ends, but his weight is increasing at a greater speed than my strength. 
Life also has a way of growing heavier; sometimes at a greater speed than the strength of our soul.  Whether through micro-aggressions piling upon our day to day routines or life altering moments that seem to take the air out of our lungs, our souls can become burdened and we need help.  We need Jesus.   
We are given daily reminders of our need for a Savior who is present, willing and able to walk with us and help us when we cannot help ourselves.  We are given opportunities to come to Him.  And when we do, we can be assured that ALL of God is present ALL the time.  Strength.  Wisdom.  Presence.  Provision.  Love.  Comfort.  ALL.  
And He is never caught off guard by our need.  He is waiting for us.  And when we come to Him, He requires a few things from us.  
  • An admission of the current season of your soul.  He will never judge you for being weary or burdened.  So we get the opportunity to be honest about where we are at to a God who knew we would be here long ago.   
  • An understanding that you have a lot to learn.  With his “easy yoke” comes a learning curve.  We get to learn from Christ about who He is and in turn, who we are.  We get to lay down the expectations we put on ourselves or pick up from others, and we get to put on the acceptance of Christ that goes beyond what we’ve done or will do.  Life then becomes a little lighter and easier. 
  • A willingness to actively learn from Christ about Christ.  Learning requires action in God’s kingdom.  As we discover who God is, we have to lean into His character and, for lack of a better term, test Him on it.  He’s not afraid of us putting his faithfulness to the test.  He’s not afraid of us bringing our biggest worries to Him as an opportunity to prove His comfort.  He he wants us to learn about Him and then live it out. 
The worlds burdens are heavy.  God is stronger.  Life is complex.  God comes to walk with you through it.  Go to Him and learn from Him and let your life be a testimony of how good He is.  
 
-Pastor Cris