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Rest for Your Weariness

April 11, 2018·Abby PreJean

I’m going to level with you. I have a tendency to be afraid of what’s to come. I feel like I’m strong in mind and heart, but there are times that fear can feel overwhelming. Sometimes, I can be fearful of my children growing up too fast, my husband/parents dying, and sometimes I’m genuinely afraid to speak in front of a crowd (which, if you know me at all, you almost can’t believe that!). Matthew 11:28-30 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. I’ve realized there’s no limit to fear. BUT, there’s no limit to faith either. So, why do I let fear be the bigger voice? Fear is heavy. It wears us down physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Fear is the hamster in the wheel…the never-ending marathon of possibilities. People say, “What’s the worst that could happen?” In my mind, everything. I can think of every worst, terrible thing that could happen. Sometimes, it keeps me up at night. Sometimes, it distracts me from my work. Sometimes, it takes my attention away from what matters most. The human soul can endure some heavy things. From life to death, the experiences and situations we walk through can be very daunting and draining. Yet, Jesus’ call is simple, “Come to Me.” I have to ask myself these questions: Do you trust Him? Do you trust His heart for you? Do you ask forgiveness for the sins in your life? Do you believe? God’s greatest pleasure is for us to believe He is who He says He is. What weighs on you today? Do you share a similar struggle like I do? Write it down, and ask the Lord why it burdens you. Then tell Jesus that you’re coming to Him in this moment, with your burden, and laying it at His feet. He will give you the peace you need, and He will also give you steps to walk the way you should go. It’s training your mind to process fear in a new way. Process fear and turn it into faith. Paradoxically, faith produces rest and assurance. I like to think about when God parted the Red Sea. He didn’t remove the Red Sea, but He made a way to walk through it. There is rest for your weariness today. Abby PreJean
The Church on the Way