Heavy Laden

“Not me!  I may have a serious problem every now and then but usually I can take care of it myself.”  Can you really?  If so, it must not have been worth mentioning.  Could it be that you simply don’t want to admit that there was a time or maybe still is when you needed someone to help because your load was simply too heavy for you to manage by yourself; at least someone to give you moral support.  Admit it, this world in which we live is filled with more problems than most of us can handle so we simply do our best to sweep them out the door without bothering to solve them. 

Would you believe that we always have someone not only ready but willing to help us in life’s struggles?  Well, we actually do.  Matthew quoted for us the very words of Jesus, himself, which can be found in chapter 11:28-29 – Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  Isn’t that what we all want – rest for our souls?  I realize that there are times when the thrill of something might temporarily overcome us, but for most of our days we would like to enjoy a more tranquil peace.  Is it possible to turn “peace” on as needed?

For a very well disciplined person that might not be a problem at all, but most of us lack the discipline to change our thoughts and lives at will.  Maybe the best answer for us would be to turn peace on permanently and simply move it to the background where it could be moved forward as needed; similar to what we often do with a computer.  It would be like having your cake and eating it too.  I like that scenario, what do you think?

It is unfortunate that we are currently living in a world so burdened with choices, many of which we would never have imagined.  How is it that we have allowed Satan and his minions to take over so much of what, in the past, we have held dear?  Were we simply not paying attention?  We keep trying to pass new laws that, in reality, never get enforced.  Have we allowed ourselves to become so heavily laden that we no longer can see the way out?

We know well from history that our world has always been in turmoil, however, we were supposed to learn from the success and failure of those who came before.  The Psalmist reminded those of his day that Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble (119:165).  Can you imagine how that one verse alone could remove the weight we carry?  While it is true that this is a great big world with many different opinions on how to fix things, that still doesn’t change the fact that we would like to be at peace, that we would like to reduce the personal load that we carry.

God gave us minds to use to develop as human beings, but somewhere along the line we have opened more doors than we have closed as material things keep tickling our senses.  Can we back tract, clean out the undesirable elements we have accumulated, free our minds and cease to be heavy laden?  Can we make room for simply being God’s children and loving those that He loves? 

Jesus, himself, told us – Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid  (Luke 14:27).  Any one of us can gain peace for ourselves simply by spending time in the Word and being reminded of who we are and for what purpose we were created.  We don’t have to remain “heavy laden”.

O Hope of every contrite heart, O Joy of all the meek,
To those who fall, how kind Thou art!
How good to those who seek!

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA