I want to share a post with you from Sally Clarkson. I love her blog I Take Joy. She is a transparent, gentle woman whose heart is to encourage.
I have noticed that when I am too busy and have taken responsibilities on my shoulders that only God can carry, I become harsher. When I am too busy and have overcommitted, I lose a love the things that are normally important to me. I care less for the lost; have little patience for my children; tend to see people as irritating (What was that driver in that car thinking? Can’t believe anyone would drive that way! or “That lady was soooooo slow in the check out line at Walmart!) God is a distant thought that I glance toward with guilt thinking He must be disappointed with me because I just haven’t had time for Him, but I have just been so busy………
It is so easy to begin to live a works oriented life, and then to think without me, things will fall apart. Then I become weary. Then I say, “Lord, don’t you care that I am drowning?!” or “Tell Mary to come in here. I am doing all the work myself!”
God is not biting His nails wondering if I am going to get it all done. He is not the great abuser in heaven just waiting to give me more than I can handle. And so, slowly, I have had to learn, if I am consistently feeling too much stress, too much weight on my shoulders, I have not given it to Him and or, I am attempting to do things that He has never asked or expected me to do.
Jesus did not go into the world Himself. He stayed local, humble, quiet, and yet His message, in God’s hands, changed the world.
“I am humble and meek. Learn from me.” Again, I learn from this verse.
Please help us, especially in this holiday season to look to You for guidance as to what we should be doing. Please shine your light on our paths. Help us to take Your yoke upon us, for You yoke is easy and Your burden is light.
In Jesus' name, Amen