The world presses down heavy. The fog of uncertainty lingers as arms carry burdens too heavy to bear. The autopilot numbness you are so familiar with takes an unknown toll. You've reminded yourself of the truth time and time again, yet that heart of determination quickly forgets... those burdens are not yours to carry, you get to leave them at the cross.
Jesus waits with arms wide open saying, "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 (NIV).
Jesus takes on the burdens of the whole world, not because he has to, not because we deserve it, but because He wants to - because He loves us. He loves us so much He died for us - brutally, selflessly, died for us. He stands ready - invitation to eternity extended, asking only that we stand faithful in our love to Him.
So stand. In all of your hardships, stand. With tattered knees and banged up shins, stand. Plant those tired feed on the rock of salvation and stand. Stand weak because He is strong. Wobble if you must, just stand.
This life can be hard, but there is a God who loves you. He holds a promise to eternity. He has our names inscribed in the powerful palms of His hands. He will never leave you or forsake you. He will walk with you through hard times. He will give you strength when it feels like you have nothing left. You can trust Him. He gave His life for yours.
If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus, pray this prayer. Lord,
I've tried doing this life on my own, my way, and it doesn't work. I have gotten it wrong time and time again. I try, but cannot do what is necessary in my own strength. I am sorry for the wrongs I have done. Please come into my life. Be my Lord and savior. Show me how to walk in your ways and cover me with your light. Thank you for your love for me. I love you and want to have a relationship with you. Please forgive me of my sins. In Jesus' name, Amen.