Burdened on a Wednesday

I needed to hear this today: 

Whenever Christmas begins to burden, it’s a sign that I’ve taken on something of the world and not of Christ. Any weight in Christmas has to be of this world.

Christ came into this world as grace to lift all the weighty burdens. -Ann Voskamp

Maybe it’s the way it’s in the air, that “everyone” is so busy for the holiday season, that many things should be done in a short amount of time. That feeling of being already too far behind to catch up, head in a whirl. Taking up burdens, not only with Christmas-related things but also upcoming plans, decisions, and the daily walk… which right now is very much a walk, not a soaring on wings like eagles exciting type of thing.

I am tired and weary, and confused by many things. So it is refreshing to remember that my hope is in the One who never gets that way:

Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31)

This is not the time of year to be burdened. It is a special time to remember who gave up Himself to be on this weary earth, God with us, so that we could know Hope. I don’t have to gloss over things and pretend that the things I take up as burdens don’t exist, but I don’t have to hold on to them myself, either.

I’m so thankful that by knowing Jesus, I can know rest, hope, love, joy, and peace. (I think this year, I’m going to be especially dwelling on Peace… more to come on how I’ll do that!)

My prayer for us today, you and me: May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you. (Psalm 33:22)

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