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I don’t know about you, but I am weary.

I choose the word weary only because it seems more of a reflection of the soul.

There is not much in my life that has stayed the same – maybe you are in the same boat. Vacations cancelled, work flipped upside down, social/political unrest, pandemic, dreams delayed or deferred or lost, grief from loved ones passing away, an inability to predict what the next day may hold… am I missing anything?

The prolonged stress and overwhelming feeling that there is nothing that I can do about it has left me feeling deeply and profoundly heavy.

And then I remember these verses:

“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

Are you like me? Do you feel overwhelmed, heavy, weary even?

Let’s figure out how to trade that out for Jesus’ yoke.

It can look different for all of us, but I have an idea of where to start today.

  1. As much as you are able, shut your devices off today.

  2. Set your heart to encounter Jesus.

  3. Read a couple of Psalms (23 is a personal favorite), or your bible reading for today. Don’t just check it off the list, but sit and meditate on the words as you read them.

  4. Take a couple minutes and pray. Bring Him whatever comes to mind. Sometimes it helps me to write out my prayers — it keeps me focused.

  5. Take 5 minutes (I like to set a timer) and listen for the voice of Jesus. You might not hear anything. You might not be able to silence your own thoughts. That’s okay. Try a little longer or try again tomorrow. It gets easier with time.

  6. Find something that you can enjoy today. Maybe it’s playing a game with your kids, or you can FaceTime someone that brings a smile to your face. You can sit out in the sun and thoroughly enjoy your dinner. Psalm 16 says that in His presence there is fullness of joy. Take some time to feel that.

I’m not saying that after this we won’t feel heavy or weary again. I am saying that we can come to the one who provides a lighter load and rest for our souls.

That guy is definitely worth pursuing.

 

Love you lots,

Pastor Katie Mayer