Stress. Anxiety. Frustration… words that I am well acquainted with these days.
Life as a young mom is filled with goodness. There are so many sweet moments when one’s main companions in the day are bright eyed, vivacious, chubby little creatures. But so many days, the sweetness is overshadowed by the all-encompassing pressures of life- work, graduate school, housework, and lists of things that I need to do and things that I should have done.
In my dreams, I am a whimsical and charming presence in the lives of my children, a wife that speaks words of wisdom and life, an A+ student, a reasonably organized housekeeper, and an effortless juggler of work-life. But the reality of a fallen world can hit hard. Between the dish-filled sink, mountains of laundry, looming deadlines, stacks of bills, siblings in conflict, and all else the day may hold, the epic disparity between idealized life and the present reality can be overwhelming.
Stresses of life- how they bring on anxious thoughts, which spill out in anxious words, grasping to regain control. Jesus is not surprised by the way this plays out. He spoke to this problem all those 2000 years ago, and His Word still speaks today. He offers a better way- beckoning to the anxious and weary soul.
Come to me, all 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Mt. 11:28-30)
In the midst of the demands of life- the high expectations, the challenging circumstances, he calls us to come to him. Such an amazing deal- our overwhelming burdens for his easy one. Jesus Christ, the only source without limit, the true life-giver, asks us to cast our anxieties, our heavy burden upon him. And in turn, he promises to provide all that we need.
Jesus, give us grace to come to you today.