Life sure does know how to throw us curve balls. Every single day it seems that we have to face something new – another test comes, another temptation, another trial. And all of these things just add to the heavy burden already on our back. Many of us are like this woman in the picture, struggling through life pretending that we are ok, but still carrying a huge unbearable load. Yes, we can handle it for a time, but eventually something else will come our way that may actually break us or even cripple us completely.
I was reading this morning in my devotional book called “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers and it was talking about taking action against the things that we face. So many times we just continue on in our hurt, pain, discouragement, and struggles without doing much about it. We think that if we ignore them long enough, maybe they will go away. But this is not the case at all.
In James 4:8, it says “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”. This means that we are supposed to do something and that God will then do something in return. Yes, there are times where we just don’t have one ounce of strength and God does meet us in those lonely places. But more often than not, God wants us to step out and DO SOMETHING about what we are going through.
Another awesome scripture is in Matthew 11:28 which says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”. Wow! isn’t that awesome? When we are weak, tired, and burdened – God’s peace and rest is available to us! But how can that be? Well, it is pretty simple actually, God says “Come to me…” This is another call to action, but yet it is so simple. Coming to God does not mean that we have to get our lives together first or be regular attendee of churchs. That is not what it is all about at all.
God wants us to come to Him just the way we are – broken people – hurting people… and He promises to give us rest. And that rest does not necessarily mean physical rest. But I think it means all of the above including emotional, spiritual, and physical rest.
It gives me so much comfort to know that when I am feeling burdened by the uncontrollable circumstances of life that I do not have to face it alone. So, if you are facing something that seems impossible, something that is putting more weight on you than you can handle… then just know that there is a God who loves you more than you know. He is calling you to take action and get rid of that heavy burden once and for all. He did it for me and I know that He can do it for you too. 🙂
Please feel free to leave me a comment or email me if you are struggling. I am here for you and I would love to pray for you. God bless you, DAWN
Dawn that was a wonderful insight God gave u .U express yourself so well on paper.I luv u Mom
this is such a helpful article!!! it really felt like a relief reading it and pondering in its words. god is truly great and it so wonderful that he does so much for us that we cant possibly repay him. we do what we can. we praise him for his glory.
Painter Mommy says
I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed my post! God bless you!
Iosefa Setu says
I sent you an email before and I did not receive an answer.
I am sending you this request again because I wonder if you can help me.
In 1966, I lost some of my land in Samoa to a neighbor. This land is very important to me because it is right on the beach and is an excellent location for a hotel. My neighbor and I went to Court to decide who is the rightful owner of this piece of land, and he won. I filed 4 different appeals and none of those was successful, only because there is a lot of political going on in the government. I still have one appeal on the President’s desk which he did not answer. All this time since 1966, I am still carrying a heavy burden. I pray and ask God for His help everyday untill today, and i am still doing the same thing. I am reading some of the scriptures which you mentioned above like Mathew 11:28: ” Come to me, all you who are weary and carry heavy burden, and I will give you rest” That is a very beutiful and very strong scripture. My question is, Would you mind praying, that the Spirit of God will change the mind of the President of the Court in Samoa, and give me another chance to reopen my case. Pray also that the President of the Court will listen to the Spirit of God instead of doing the same political things he did before. I still believe that God will help me but I do not know when. I know He said in the Bible that there is nothing difficult in Him, and that With God, everything is possible. Thank you and I apreciate your help.
Iosefa Setu, carring a very heavy burden.
Painter Mommy says
I get a lot of these emails and they actually wind up being people looking for money, so I hesitate to respond to you. If your story is in fact TRUE, then I would suggest getting involved in a local church and asking for prayer there. God bless you, DAWN