Y&F Day 27

6 Nov 2013

THROUGH THE STRUGGLE
THROUGH THE TRIAL,
YOU HAVE MADE MY BURDEN LIGHT
(Back to Life)

There are three words that have the power to change your life.

We’ve all heard it at some point, and our reaction to it can be so varied – some people get so happy when they hear it…others start frothing at the mouth as they pull their knees to their chest and begin rocking back and forth in shock.

Ahhh yes, those three words.
“What words?” you ask.

Clean.
Your.
Room.

Mess can be fun to create, but when we realize that we have to live in it we struggle. The realization of the clean-up ahead can be overwhelming, especially if the mess is huge.
The huger the mess, the harder it gets.

How many times have we dreamed of being able to point a magic finger like Mary Poppins to instantly clean up the mess in our lives? Or press a rewind button to reverse our mistakes? The truth is that life is not a smooth, straight road, but a winding one, often with speed humps along the way.

Hard times are not optional in life; they will come whether it’s of our own doing or out of our control. It is during these times that who we are and our faith (our beliefs, our focus, what we say we are passionate about) is tested and strengthened. But we don’t need to navigate it all by ourselves. In Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message), Jesus speaks some refreshing and life-altering words that are directed to every one of us:

“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. Learn 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.”

Such reassurance it is to know that our God walks through every trial with us and is not overwhelmed by the size of our mess. Instead, He encourages us to give our mess to him daily – our heavy burdens, the things that weigh us down.

Remember, He created the world.
His arms are strong enough to carry our burdens so we don’t stay IN our mess.

Instead, if we give Him our burdens, we move THROUGH our struggles, THROUGH our trials, into the freedom and life He has for us!