“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 (MSG)
Are you feeling stressed beyond what you feel that you can bear? Perhaps you are even finding it hard to make sound decisions during this season in your life. The only message that seems to be coming across load and clear is the one from your flesh that is crying out to make the pressure go away. At the pinnacle of the stress, when you feel that the walls are literally closing in on you, what is your response?
Most of us would probably agree that when we experience extreme pressure, the first inclination is to find a means of escape. At which time, our flesh demands to be compensated for enduring the pressure. The method of compensation, whether it be gratifying the flesh by eating something unhealthy or spending money on something that you really can’t afford in the first place, typically proves to serve as a temporary means of escape that only compounds the pressure in the long run.
Instead of looking to the world for an escape route, we must run into the arms of Jesus. He is the only solution that will not only give us an immediate release but will never compound our problems. An encounter with Jesus allows us to see that the walls that once appeared to be closing in on us were only an optical illusion. As we alter our perspective and strictly take on the yoke placed on us by Jesus, we will instantaneously feel the pressures of life receding.
Lord, I thank You that I can run directly into Your arms when I am feeling the pressures of life closing in on me. As I readjust my perspective, I can actually feel the pressure retreating and freeing me up to serve You in wide open spaces.