Thursday, November 12, 2020

Are You Tired? Matthew 11:28

Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

I was about at my breaking point. I was working 60+ hours a week in a demanding job, raising a teenager, and going to graduate school part time. I had a very supportive husband, but, I grew up in the era of women's liberation and the common belief was that women could have and do it all. I was trying to live up to that belief and I was failing. I was tired - exhausted, really - from trying to be everything to everyone. 

During one pity party I was having for myself, I cried out "I can't do it all!" It wasn't really a prayer, but God heard and responded, "I never expected you to." I heard it very clearly, as if Jesus was sitting right next to me. And so He and I had a little heart to heart conversation right then and there. I spent a long time with Him that night, reevaluating priorities, understanding that I didn't have to do everything perfectly, and - most importantly - being convinced that I COULDN'T do it all on my own. I needed to lean on Him more.

I slept better that night than I had in a long time. Oh, I still worked too many hours and juggled studying with spending time with my daughter, but I slowly learned to turn all of my worries and burdens over to Jesus. 


 

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