28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” NIV
Are you weary? Do you feel burdened? Are you sick and tired of just being sick and tired? This happens to me more often than I care to admit.
It seems everyday the television brings more negativity and depression than keeping up with the world affairs is worth. And some days just bring challenges in everyday life that seem overwhelming. For instance this morning I simply wanted to make a pot of coffee. Like any other day I set it up as usual, turned it on and walked away. Ten minutes later I returned to the kitchen to find coffee grounds and coffee were overflowing onto the countertop and out onto the floor. Seems like a little thing, doesn’t it? That’s all it took to put me in a bad place mentally. Anxiety came rushing in and I had the usual thought it was an omen of how my day was going to be.
But it isn’t the little challenges that are the real problem. They are the catalyst that opens the flood gates of what lies beneath. What are my worries that are building up to this point? The things that are real challenges of life are carried day to day adding up to a tremendous load at times. Things like health, money, relationships and lack of time to accomplish my goals.
Does this sound familiar? If it does I think I can help because I know who to go to and give it all away. He promises me if I’ll just stop for a moment and come lay down at his feet he’ll listen to all my fears. He will anoint my head with the oil of his Love and take me to a place of peace. He will restore my sanity. He will fill my spirit which is parched and feeble. He will give me rest.
In that moment I find my answers and am able to let go of fear and replace it with the food of spirit. My belief is we are three dimensional beings of mind, body and spirit and to simply feed the body and the mind is not enough. The spirit requires we feed it as well. My spirit was hungry. I had let one day go into the next and several days past before I took the time to read and reflect and just be in his presence.
Praying simple, humble prayers daily isn’t enough for me. Sometimes they become stale and it seems I’m just going through the motions. I don’t feel in touch. I don’t feel his presence in my life. I’ve become spiritually ill. It is easy to recognize when I’m physically ill, but spiritual malaise is harder to recognize until it’s serious sometimes. It usually is a small storm brewing in negative mental thoughts that comes to the surface and I’m bound to make someone around me unhappy even if it’s just impatience with my pets who, thank goodness, are very forgiving.
A preacher once told me, “Phyllis, don’t get too far ahead of God or too far behind him. Walk humbly with him.” That has stayed with me. Therefore the name of my site, walkinghumbly.blog. That saying will often bring me back to reality. I want to live this life free and happy. The only way I’ve found is in His words: “I am the way, the truth and the life.” I believe he means that for this life on earth, not just a promise for eternal life. He means he wants me to be happy right now, today. All I have to do is make the choice between fear and peace.
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