One time, I was moving a large mirror from one spot in my house to another. Joel wasn't around, and it didn't seem like a big deal, so I just decided to move it myself. I grabbed a hold of this mirror and started carrying it across the house. I knew exactly where I was taking it and was almost there, but I didn't realize it was going to be as heavy as it was. I thought to myself, "I'm struggling so much. I can't believe it's this much work!" Even though it was heavy, I was determined to press on. But then something on the inside of me said, "Well, why don't you just put it down for a minute and take a break?" It seemed simple enough, but I was so intent on reaching my destination. I finally did set the mirror down, repositioned my hands, and took a nice, deep breath. Very quickly, I started feeling a whole lot better. With my renewed strength, I picked up that mirror again and made it to where I was going.
I think Christians are like this sometimes. We hold on so tightly to things that we begin to struggle. We struggle in our faith and in the promises of God. We see where we're going, and we get so determined to get there that sometimes we do it in our own strength. I believe God is saying to us, "Slow down. Be patient. Don't just run until you hit the wall. Let Me help you. Put down the heavy load for a minute. Take a deep breath, reposition your hands, and then you'll be renewed to continue."
Notice, I never let go of the mirror. If I had, it would have gone crashing down to the ground. However, I did let go of the struggle. I took just a minute to reevaluate how I was handling things. Maybe that's what you need to do today. Are you carrying a load in your own strength? Do you need to pause for a moment to reposition yourself? Why don't you ask the Holy Spirit to show you a better way? He wants to take that heavy burden and lighten your load. He wants you to be restored so that you can find rest.Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30, NIV)