Have you ever felt overwhelmed by your circumstances, when nothing you do seems to be enough? I’ve been there more times than I would like to admit.
Reeling from the news that my assistant was in ICU, I’m not going to lie, my first response was to panic momentarily. We needed to reschedule patients but couldn’t tell them when because it depended on knowing if or when her health would improve enough to return to work. Travel plans and writing demands weighed heavily on me as well. People and commitments were tugging on me from all sides. I didn’t want to let people down, but with the current crisis I wasn’t sure how I could avoid it.
My head and the knots in my stomach seemed to converge in panic as my thoughts raced to answer the question, “What am I going to do?” No answer was apparent.
Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG) echoed in my head, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learned the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Verse 30 from the NIV says, “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
I had been wrestling with these verses over recent months. How could His yolk be easy and His burden light? Nothing about my circumstances felt easy or light, but rather heavy and overwhelming, yet I wanted that. I wanted to live freely and lightly. I wanted to learn from Him.
Hebrews 6:18-19 reminds us, “So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.”
We don’t have to have all the answers. As we run to Him for help, for refuge, we can be confident in the hope from the promise of His word. This hope is an anchor for our souls. Our God is unchangeable. If He says it, we can believe it. If He promised, it will come to pass.
When we are overwhelmed by the trials in this world, we can take refuge in Him. As we keep company with Him, He promises we will learn to live freely and lightly.
What are you struggling with today? Are you willing to take refuge in Him and learn the unforced rhythms of grace?