Matthew 11:28 – Rest

“Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

~ Matthew 11:28

I heard such an amazing message this evening that was literally preached from the mouth of a child. Okay she’s not a child anymore..she’s grown up now. All I did was ask her how she was and she responded with asking me if she could talk to me about something serious. I am completely blown away by the maturity of this young woman. Just looking at the progression in her conversation is absolutely amazing. She didn’t know (I later disclosed) that I was typing while she was talking. What she had in spirit and message was much better than anything I could have hoped for my post. I am certain that this was the Lord!

These are her words:
“It’s all so complicated.
I’m trying so hard.
Not sure how to explain all this.
I want to pray but sometimes I don’t because I feel distant.
I feel overwhelmed.
It’s all just piling up and I can’t see the light sometimes.
What should I do to not feel that?
I know God is there, but it’s hard to feel this way.
Why does everything seem so hard and difficult?
What do I let go or what can I do to change?
I need to focus on my relationships.
I need to submerse myself in the Word.
In the end, it’s the worldly things that have me in this place.
I need to choose to change.”

In my mind, all I heard resonating was the thought of:

Every thought or statement she had seemed as if it came from me or any one of us. I feel like things are hard and so complicated. I also feel distant at some points. I am frequently overwhelmed…

I could go on and agree with each statement she made because I feel that too. What I hinge on, is the last 4 statements she made.

  1. I need to focus on my relationships.
  2. I need to submerse myself in the Word.
  3. In the end, it’s the worldly things that have me in my place.
  4. I need to choose to change.

This 17-year-old girl just showed me the way tonight. That way is that when you feel like this REST. REST in Him. She also shows us in her last few statements how to get out of any valley you’re in. Just read 1-4 above and you’ll see again.

James Oliver
James Oliver is a follower of Jesus Christ, a pastor, a husband, a father, and a friend. He loves people passionately in an attempt to imitate Jesus Christ's love for people.

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