“Are you stressed? Perhaps you are thinking too much and thanking too little.”
“COME to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you REST.” Matt. 11:28
As Christ Followers we know that
Stress brings weariness,
which is followed by being
Not a place any of us want to be. The longer we stay in that defeated place of burden, the more we begin to dwell on our problem. As Frangipane said, we are thinking too much.
What did Jesus do when faced with
stress, weariness, and burden?
In Matthew 14 Jesus learns of the beheading of his cousin, John the Baptist. Verse 13 says, “When Jesus heard what had happened he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place.” He went to be alone with his Father. Scripture doesn’t say it, but because he was fully human, I’m convinced that there was a grief process he needed to go through. He was burdened.
In verse 14 we learn that a large crowd was waiting for him when he landed. Jesus apparently didn’t have the opportunity to be alone and grieve the lost of his relative. Instead, scripture says “…he had compassion on them, and he healed their sick.” In the midst of his own sorrow, he cared for those who needed him.
Would our stress, weariness, and burden be so consuming if we were to serve others in the midst of our need? Could that be a way of thanking instead of thinking?
There are times in life when all of us have needs. Those are the times our brothers and sisters in Christ can minister love, assistance, encouragement, etc. to us.
There are also times when all of us can meet the needs of others. And sometimes, probably more often than any of us would like to admit, our time of need could also be a time to “have compassion on them”.
What would our lives look like if we got outside of ourselves and our need to meet the needs of others?
As Thanksgiving approaches people are voicing the things they are thankful for. For many of us, reaching out and helping another carry their burden can be a time of true Thanksgiving. It could be something as simple as a phone call, running an errand, babysitting for a weary mom, a meal, or hospital visit. Or even easier, a smile or kind word to a stranger. And the big one, stopping to pray for someone as they share a need. The ways we can bless another are limitless.
Maybe by meeting another’s need we could truly experience Matt. 11:28. As we surrender our need to Him, we see that our weariness and burden is lifted and Rest begins to flood our soul, mind and heart.
He says “I will give you Rest”. That is a promise we can claim as our own. The passage continues by saying “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.”
Father, during this season of Thanksgiving, may I be gentle and humble in heart as you are, sensitive to the needs of those around me, and not caught up in my own needs. May I lose my life for your sake, and for the sake of those you love. Lord, I give thanks, for you are good and your love endures forever! Amen