by Eva Salsbury
Loss of Joy…Loss of Peace…Loss of Contentment…Loss of Purpose and Passion.
Do any one of these words describe you? I am sure there are many more descriptions that come to mind that fit your own personal place of struggle.
I was reading in Mark 6:31-32 this morning and these words really caught my attention…
“And He (Jesus) said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves.”
Jesus spoke these words to His disciples after having sent them out by pairs to preach the gospel, cast out demons, and heal the sick. They were busy doing good deeds and now they were tired and weary. Jesus was trying to teach them a very important aspect of the christian life.
I don’t know about you, but this is one of my biggest struggles as a mom, wife, and the many other hats that I wear. I constantly have to re-evaluate my priorities, duties, and most importantly…my relationship with God. If I, in the middle of all my “good-doing”, find myself exhausted, weary, and alone, then I have to stop and ask myself…”Am I carrying yokes that I was not meant to carry? Am I so busy that I don’t even have time to read His Word and soak in His presence?”
Jesus’ words in Matthew 11:28-30 have brought me such comfort in times of weariness and loss of passion…
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 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.”
Dear sisters in Christ, we were not meant to carry our burdens alone. Jesus is our yoke bearer…let Him strengthen your tired and weary souls, for He alone knows how to carry your burdens best. Come away with Him to a secluded place…and He will show you great and mighty things which you have not even heard or seen…words of life, strength, and vision for each new day!