More of the good stuff in the bible! Let go and let God! This is one of the cliches we hear from people as they go through life stressed out in this world. One of the cliches we hear as people grip tighter and tighter to their own ways of doing things, a tendency I’ve heard referred to as my-way-ism. I struggled with this for 40+ years of my life. I guess I still struggle with it, but much less so than I used to. Making my progress, not ever going to reach perfection.
Jesus Christ calls us to Himself for our eternal salvation, we accept His call with that in mind, but Heaven is not the first place we meet Him. We meet Him right here and now, in the middle of the daily grind, the hustle and bustle of our over-stuffed, over-stressed lives. He knows the difficulties of life and the stress we feel, and comes to us in the middle of it.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” When I was in the middle of my own my-way-ism…I had a hard time getting rest. My mind was always racing, I was always nervous. At least once a week, I would be unable to sleep at night and would go to work in the morning with zero hours of sleep, running on adrenaline and caffeine. Other nights I might get 3-4 hours of in and out sleep. But come to Jesus…I can’t tell you the last time I had one of my up all night episodes. Well, I can tell you, it was over two years ago. Immediately upon turning even towards Him, my load and burdens began to be lifted. I had not consciously turned my life over, but He was already freeing me from myself. And – Me Myself and I were the three biggest obstacles I had to overcome. My own selfishness. My own fear. My own shame. My own guilt. My own results and my own rewards from doing things my own way.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Share your burdens with Him, learn from Him, He is gentle and lowly in heart. Be humble, as He is humble. Humble enough to give up His place in Heaven, to come and walk with all of us sinners. Not just walk with us, but come as a servant and serve us. Humble enough to wash our feet. Humble enough to reach out to “those people” – like the woman at the well, or the woman caught in adultery. Humble enough to call fisherman, tax collectors and murderers to be His disciples and apostles, humble enough to be represented by the least among us.
One of my recovery brothers had the Holy Spirit come upon Him last night, and in answering a question he came up with this – What we choose to turn over to Him, that is the only thing in this world we actually have control over. Step one in recovery is recognizing we have a problem and our lives are unmanageable. In other words, recognizing we simply have no control over any parts of our lives. Some reading this may not believe that right now. You might think of all kinds of things you gave control over You think you have a good job, a nice house, a great wife, nice car. But, trust me, you really have no control over any of it. Job, house, wife, car, kids…even your very life can be taken from you just like that. And there is nothing we can do about it. As hard as we try, we do know we can’t. If we could, we would not go through life stressed out, in a hurry, angry, frustrated. If we could control anything, then our lives would always go as we wanted. If we had control, why would bad things happen to us? Wouldn’t things always go as we wanted? Do things always go as you want?? My friend is right. The only thing in this world we have control over is what we consciously give up trying to control ourselves, and let God have it. Some things are easy to give up to Him. Some things are not. What is it you do not want to give to Him? Give up our my-way-ism. Let go, and let God. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 ESV