I read a quote recently that I think really lines up well with the Biblical passage of Matthew 11:28-30 but also sheds light on it. Let’s start with the Bible passage:
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.””
It’s a very well-known passage, one that is repeated and turned to during times of stress, fear, confusion, challenge and weakness, maybe one you yourself have said or read recently. It’s one that we turn to because Jesus is clearly saying that although there will be burdens in life He is here to help us with them. Which is where the quote I mentioned comes in:
“It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.” Lou Holtz
It’s very rare in life that we truly are out of option or that we have no choices. Typically we just can’t think of them or don’t like the ones that we can think of or see. But both the passage and the quote remind us to rethink that and be encouraged that the burden we bear doesn’t have to be the burden we see it as, and that there are options and hope, if only we would open our eyes.
Today I would encourage you to not only bring your current situations to God in prayer, but also take the time to really do your research and consider your options. You’re only out of options and hope if you believe it is so or stop looking. Maybe the one you’ve been avoiding is the answer. Maybe it’s something you haven’t heard of before. Maybe it’s something a friend has heard about and would be able to share with you if you share your burden with them. Maybe today will be the day that brings hope back into your life. But even if it isn’t, I know that God has everything under control and has a plan for everything, and He is here to carry your burdens with you.