I foolishly decided to lift four heavy bags of groceries out of the trunk of the car and carry them about twenty feet. It would have been much more sensible and practical if I had taken three separate trips but for some odd reason, I was up for the challenge of accomplishing this task quicker. As soon as I lifted the load, I knew it was much too heavy for my atrophied biceps.
But I still tried.
About half way across the road, my arms gave out, the bottom of one of the bags tore and the groceries went flying, including the avocados that rolled under the car. To top it off as I leaned down to remedy the situation, the watermelon fell out and splat! I was frustrated at myself because I knew better and this mishap could have been so easily avoided.
As I humbly picked up the watermelon pieces in the gravel, I remembered something that I recently read that truly resonated with me.
There have been many difficult seasons in my life when I have tried to carry enormous emotional heaviness and found that I have been unable to do so. Sometimes, the load has just crashed and it was messy work to clean it up. Sometimes, I have chosen to intentionally place the load at the foot of the Cross because I understood that the load was just too heavy to bear on my own.
I don’t believe that we were meant to carry the cumbersome weight of this world all by ourselves – the disappointment, anxiety and pain is just too heavy to bear. Jesus invites us to come to Him. He offers pardon to the guilty, peace to the anxious, purity to the unholy, nourishment to the needy and hope for those in despair. He wants to lift our burden, free our souls and give us rest. We don’t have to sink into the quicksand of unrest that surrounds us in this world.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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. Matthew 11. 28-30
Come. Let go. Find. Rest. Surrender. That’s what Jesus says.