While listening to one of my favourite songs right now (video above), I had a thought. You see, this song is sort of my comfort song. On one hand, I remember that I have a ‘ride or die’, a friend forever, someone who’s got my back (Jesus). On the other hand, it’s a gentle reminder that I can’t do anything by myself (John 15:5), and the one person I should be consulting/running to is Jesus.
So after going through my over-thinking routine for about an hour, I picked up my phone to listen to this song, stem the thoughts, and talk to Him about it. One passage always comes to mind while I listen to it and it’s this: Matthew 11:28-30 (NCV):
28 “Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest. 29 Accept my teachings and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your lives. 30 The burden that I ask you to accept is easy; the load I give you to carry is light.”
And it struck me that Jesus does ask us to cast our burdens. Yes, He does want us to not be burdened, or worried, or pained. But that’s not all, it doesn’t stop there. It’s not like ‘Here Jesus, it’s all yours.’ You drop it in His lap, flex out the kinks in your muscles and walk away. Nope. He requires something of you. The 30th verse of that chapter clearly says ‘the burden I ask you to accept’. The 29th verse in the New King James Version says, ‘Take My yoke upon you.’ He expects you to take His burden which apparently is easy and light. But it’s still something.
It occurred to me that recently, I’ve been approaching Jesus as a sort of dumping ground – a dumping ground where I go to offload my garbage. But I’m being reminded that it’s so much more than that. I have a responsibility. I have a burden to carry. It’s ‘light’ but it’s there. It’s all well and good to give Jesus my worries and my aches, but He has aches and worries He wants me to share too. He worries about the souls of His creation. He aches that some don’t know Him. He worries that many have turned away. He aches that His glory isn’t exalted.
At least, that’s what I think 😀 . It’s high time I get up off my butt. And if by any chance, you can identify with me, you know what to do. Well maybe not exactly, but you have an idea. 😉