"Worries and Burdens ..."
Writer and preacher Jeff Lucas says in one of his books that he often battles with profound exhaustion. It has nothing to do with too little sleep and too much travel (he has an international ministry) this weariness comes upon him in the middle of a holiday when he is actually rested and refreshed. He states it creeps deep into his bones, forms a shadow over him and robs him of joy.
It is a tiredness that comes from feeling that he can never be holy enough, never pray enough, never sacrifice enough. Whatever he does for God something in his head tells him that it is not enough and that it will never be sufficient. God somehow feels like a taskmaster with a whip in hand and impossible to satisfy. He feels sick to his soul, is God really like his high school art teacher who used to write “could do better” over his very best efforts?
He goes on to refer to a verse in Matthews Gospel that always help him when such feelings strike. So, let’s have a look. While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with him and his disciples (Matthew 9:10) When we look at this encounter Jesus had, attracting notorious people in the community like a magnet, we see a very different picture of the way God really is. The sad, the bad and those most shamed and smeared by failure eagerly sought Him out, not just for words of wisdom and teaching but for dinner. They felt at ease in His presence, they liked Him, finding unexpected acceptance and kindness. If we read further into the passage Jesus explains that he is like a doctor tending to the sick. We are fully accepted and utterly welcome. The doctor is in the house.
Perhaps we don’t feel like the people who came to Jesus on that occasion, but in these days of continuing restrictions that leave us down in the dumps with mixed emotions, why not come to doctor Jesus and speak with Him about how you are feeling. As He said, again quoting Matthews Gospel (11:28-30) Come to me all who are wearied 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.
With every blessing,