The final slide in last Sunday’s sermon included the lyrics from a song titled “Worn,” by the band Tenth Avenue North. The opening verse is below:
My heart is heavy
From the work it takes to keep on breathing
I’ve made mistakes
I’ve let my hope fail
My soul feels crushed
By the weight of this world
And I know that you can give me rest
So I cry out with all that I have left
Are you feeling worn out today? Like those sneakers you refuse to get rid of? Jesus hears you.
Are you burnt out at work? Have you “had it up to here” with your children today? Jesus hears you.
Are you about to burst at the seams in a fit of frustration? Is your mind racing in ways it never has before? Jesus hears you.
There are times when your burden will be overwhelming. “God won’t give you more than you can handle” is a popular aphorism that, quite frankly, sounds better when you say it than when someone says it to you. I prefer something like, “God will give you the strength you need at that time.” And He will.
Psalm 55:22 instructs us to “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Even as a small child, Christ was described as one who will carry the government on his shoulders (Isa. 9:6). Now that’s a burden!
Each of us has work to do, and our heavenly father has given us that work. Is it a burden? Perhaps, but it’s ours. Fellowship with God will allow us to conquer that burden, but the responsibility nonetheless falls on us.
It is when we are in constant contact with God that our hearts become lighter, our breathing is easier, and our burdens – whatever they may be – become just a little more tolerable.
Cast your burdens on the King. He knows what you are going through.
In His Name,