“Let the morning bring me Word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I entrust my life.” (1)
Overwhelming despair can steal your peace and hijack your sense of well-being. Suffering is difficult, and coupled with the stress of society’s struggles of pain and poverty, can bring you down into a state of despondency. Also, life can surprise us with insurmountable experiences which make life hard to bear.
Putting fresh clean sheets on my bed, I stretch the sheets to fit around the corners of the bed, smoothing out the wrinkles with special care. The Spirit was speaking in these moments showing me how faith grows strong when we are stretched to extremes. Too, our sin is removed through the purging process of our trials. Let me share a season when I was certainly stretched beyond what I could handle.
Alone and single, hopelessness fell over me at the thought of raising three children by myself. It was a heavy burden yet staying strong for the kids was a top priority. To make things worse, my job security was unsettling. I was hired to work in a hospital by replacing an employee who left on medical leave. To get hired, I agreed to relinquish my position upon her return. Pressure upon pressure accumulated over tight finances where ends were barely met, and food was scarce. Adding to my stress, my son was ill and needed medical attention two to three times a week. I felt exhausted and needed relief.
“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to Me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.’” (2)
I had to learn the Lord would be my strength in weakness, He would be the power in my life to overcome, He would shoulder my burden. Also, Jesus can lessen the weight of your burdens too. His yoke fits perfectly within the scope of our trials. Perhaps the heavy stress of being overly burdened is the very pressure point that causes us to seek His face, to find Him sufficient. While seeking, we find His yoke to comfort, and to bring refreshment to our very souls. Today, come and rest in Him.
Come my Lord of peace and refresh my spirit by showing me You unfailing love. Open my heart to teach me wisdom and how to walk with You through this difficult time. Amen.
1. Psalm 143:8, tniv
2. Matthew 11:28-30 It’s Alive niv
Patty Magique has written an excellent article on depression, as cited under petitemagique. You can find her web page above.