Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11.28

 

The snow fell cold, heavy, and wet. The kind that is perfect for packing, but a lot of work to clear from driveways and sidewalks. Teenage boys would have had a mean snowball fight. Instead, father and daughter built a snowman together. In the beginning the snowman stood tall and proud. His black plumber’s rubber hat, button nose, twig arms, and blue painted-on scarf made him elegant and down to earth all at the same time. Now a week later, the snowman hung on tenaciously. Warmer temperatures and plenty of rain left him hunched over and burdened, seemingly on a never-ending journey for better days.

 

How often are we like the snowman? We start life, a job, parenting, home improvement projects full of energy and intention. But we encounter delays, are overwhelmed with responsibility, lose patience, and constantly fight to have our work recognized and appreciated, Slowly energy and enthusiasm are sucked out of us and we are left feeling like the snowman: burdened, weighed down, and longing for better days.

 

Jesus’ Invitation To Release Our Burdens

The misshapen snowman reminds me of Jesus’ invitation to come to Him. It is an invitation open to all who are struggling, overburdened, and toiling ceaselessly with little hope and no respite. Jesus longs to exchange the overwhelming burdens for rest; the quiet, peaceful tranquility that recharges our batteries and allows hope to flourish.

 

Jesus never meant for us to shoulder our burdens alone. He longs to be our companion, ease our burdens and give us rest. We need only go to him.

 

What keeps you from taking your burdens to Jesus? He is waiting for you. Waiting to exchange your burdens for His rest. Waiting to fill you with hope.

 

 

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