Keeping the Pace 1/20/2018

Matthew 11:28

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

I am the type of person who takes on the weight of the world, carrying it on my shoulders like an incredibly heavy badge of honor. Throughout most of my fifty years, loved ones and acquaintances alike have told me I am the strongest person they know as if that is of which to be proud.  I guess if one’s mind is not set properly on Jesus, then it is cause for bragging rights.  But what did it ever gain me? I acquired an unimaginable amount of stress and exhaustion beyond what anyone should allow themselves to succumb to.  If I hadn’t spent almost three decades working as an expert in the beauty industry, I would probably also have plenty of wrinkles and grey hair to show for all of my so-called strength.

Thankfully I finally entered into a close relationship with Jesus.  He told me I was never meant to carry such heavy burdens, that I do not need to be strong in myself.  He is here to lighten my load.  Wow!  What a revelation.  Now please do not misunderstand me.  I know Jesus does not want to simply lighten my load, dumping my burdens on him; he wants me to submit myself to him, trusting him, and obeying him.  Christ longs for the type of relationship we would have with our closest confidant. To achieve this, we must know Jesus, love Jesus, confide in Jesus, and depend on Jesus.

Since I have learned to let go, allowing myself to rest in Christ, I have transformed into a new person.  This does not mean all my problems have disappeared.  Some of them have not even improved.  But I am different.  By resting in Jesus, I feel peace instead of anxiety, calm instead of stress, a new type of strength, that results from knowing my Lord, instead of exhaustion.  My reactions to unpleasant circumstances changed.  I no longer feel desperation, rather I turn to him, finding comfort by allowing him to guide my heart.

Are you encountering circumstances that overwhelm you, making you want to scream, pull your hair out, run and hide, or even give up?  Find a true friend in Christ.  Surrender your worries to him.  Talk to him.  The metamorphosis you will encounter will be life-changing.  You will wonder why you didn’t accept his invitation sooner!

~Heather Kvaternik

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