No? Happy Birthday is wrong? Well then how about Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! After all it is the birth of a new year, isn’t it? What does that mean? Well, when you really think about it, nothing. It is just another tick of the clock, another day in your life. We are the ones that put emphasis on it. Time doesn’t care about where it is. Relentless, always moving inexorably forward, it NEVER stops. No matter what you do, you can’t slow it down (this is not some science fiction movie), you cannot speed it up (unlike children believe), you cannot make it stand still (in spite of my wishes). Bummer, I know.
I look back over my life and I see a lot of good stuff. I also see some “not so good” stuff. Strike that! I see a lot of really bad, hurtful stuff. But you know what? The good stuff really blows away the bad. So why is it that we focus on the bad? Why is it that it stays in our memory dominating our thoughts and bringing down our spirit? Why is it so difficult to let it go?
The reality is that it is in the past, but….
The reality is that it is in the past, but we stuff it in a suitcase and drag it along behind us so we can pull it out every once in a while and wallow around in it. In fact, today we use a roller bag—you know, travel size, for our convenience! What a great invention! So easy to pull along. Really? Don’t you wish that as you drag that case behind you (which is getting heavier and heavier as the years go by) that someone would sneak up behind you and cut the metal bars of that handle so that it would fall away? I know I do.
This is something that I have struggled with personally from time to time. I was in one of those struggles recently. I wondered how on earth I would keep going. The weight was so overwhelming at times, I truly believed it would consume me. The handle was rubbing painful blisters on my hands, and I just wanted to let it go. But no matter how hard I tried, it seemed super glued to my fingers. When I find myself in this situation, it is easy to forget the millions of blessings in my life and the one and only Person Who can lift that burden out of my hands. I am so focused on my pain that I don’t look up. I keep looking down at that suitcase and the rocky path I’m walking on, and there is no one around me—or so I think.
We might look to others for help and for a time we have some relief, but in our hearts, that suitcase is right behind us full of misery and dread and fear and loneliness. Hope is a distant dream. All the consolation others offer us is temporary—husbands, children, friends, doctors, drugs, alcohol, television, books, parties—nothing lasts long before we pull up that stupid bag, unzip it just an inch, peek inside, and see what we don’t want to see.
Okay, so the analogy might be a little weak, but you get the picture. Did you notice one statement I made above? “The one and ONLY Person Who can lift that burden out of my hands.” Did it slip by without you noticing or, like me, do you zero in on it with a glimmer of hope?
“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
The Question is “Why????”
Why would we carry such a burden that we have created ourselves when Jesus can lift it up, heal our hands and our hearts, and place His own light burden on us that He helps carry? Oh the wondrous love He has for us. Us! We, who deserve nothing, can find rest, hope, and help for our souls.
“Okay, Robin, are you telling me that if I turn to this Jesus you are talking about, that I will never have pain and sorrow in my life again?” Don’t be naïve. Of course, there will be pain and sorrow, but you do not have to drag that suitcase! Let Jesus walk boldly up to you and pull it from your weary hands and replace it with His love and balm. I love that word, don’t you? Balm. Relief, comfort! Give Jesus a chance and you’ll never regret it.
Jesus is all we need! Remember that, and in the meantime, God bless and keep you all!
Just a few of my blessings…..