Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28
If there was ever a time when we need to be seeking opportunities to REST, it is this time of year! Thanksgiving in our rearview mirror, and Christmas around the corner. Some folks are now officially in STRESS MODE. What descriptive terms do we see in this verse…? Weary, burdened. Does that sound familiar to you? Do you want rest? Have you gone to Jesus seeking rest? Maybe now is the time to let go of everything and hand it to Jesus.
How much luggage do you haul around with you? Doesn’t it get heavy to carry? I know a man who will gladly take it and lighten your load. There’s not a time when you will ever have to take it back either. Once you give excess stuff to Jesus, you’re done with it.
I love this poem, The Baggage Carrier, by Lucinda Berry Hill. I don’t understand why it takes us so long to get to the point where we will let Christ take the excess baggage of life – and trade it for the light yoke that He happily gives us.
As we face the busy Christmas rush, may we take a deep breath, keep a good attitude and continue to be grateful to God for His blessings in spite of all that happens. Christmas will come regardless of whether the family gets everything they wrote on their Christmas list or not.
Let’s be quick to ask God to help us this season. It’s easy to stress out in a crowd or yell at people who cut in front of you in traffic. Let’s not lose sight of what this lovely Christmas season is all about, the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
How wonderful would it be if we began our Christmas shopping by letting Christ have our old bags that weigh us down every day? When we give them to Him, we are lighter and more free to be the sort of person He wants us to be. I’d say that’s the goal, wouldn’t you? To God be all the glory – now, go tell someone else this good news! 🙂