Thursday, December 21, 2017

Snow laden

Photo credit: Melanie Durity
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”  
Matthew 11:28-30 (the Message)

A few weeks ago a freak fall snow storm dumped 10 inches of snow on my area in the deep south. The snow was beautiful and amazing and totally unexpected.

The little pine trees in my yard bent over with all that snow. Each flake doesn’t weigh much but in total became too much for those trees to bear.

10 inches of snow bent the pine trees to the ground. The top branches dusting the ground.

God showed me something I had never seen before:  

These trees were a picture of me. I was looking at a line of special needs mommas.

When one of my daughter’s seizures overtakes her, I feel this way, weighed down with the emotions from watching her body endure. 

When little tasks add up, becoming many, monumental and heavy, I feel this way, weighed down mentally.

When my relationship with God and others become strained from the sheer volume of hard days, I feel this way, weighed down spiritually.

Special needs mommas have burdens from the blessings of our children.

My daughter is a blessing in my life and in other’s lives. But her care is a real and tangible burden.

Jesus tells me in Matthew 11, to change places with Him, to take on HIS burden, and to let Him have mine.

Jesus tells me, “Come to me.”

That is all, just “come” because His burden is light. I don't have to do anything else. 

Mine might be heavy, but He desires to take on my burden. He desires to take all my “heavy” on himself.

Jesus walks up to my snow laden self, with weights too much to endure on my shoulders, and rakes all the snow off with his gentle and holy touch.

Jesus replaces the weight with peace.
Jesus replaces the weight with endurance.
Jesus replaces the weight with faith.

Dear Father, I come to you. I come and give you all these hard and hurting things. I thank you for your son Jesus who came to trade places with me. I thank you that He takes on all my sin on himself. I thank you that he takes on all my burdens on himself. Thank you that they are no longer mine, but yours. Thank you for being so very good and for your unending, never failing love.

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