Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28, ESV
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation;
but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33, NKJV
Pain is rampant today. I can’t seem to look one way to the next without a new call, a new email, another face full of tears and confusion. I wish I could give answers as to why hurting hurts so much. So many of my friends, the people I love most are in the thick of it. Sickness, vulnerability, hope deferred. They are putting up a good front, but I can see the fear in their eyes. The way their shoulders slump when they think no one is looking. And I can relate. Because I’ve been there, and I am there. And it just fuels this fire inside of me, this grief for grief.
And I’m not even going to begin giving you a letter on how we shouldn’t feel the way we do. This isn’t a get-out-there-and-get-‘em pep talk that will give us the energy to get through two, three, four more days until some other form of hope comes around to give us another energy shot of optimism. Life is messy, and sometimes, the mess is too much for us to clean up.
Sometimes I look around in the kitchen, arms deep in sudsy wash with dishes stacked upon dishes, piles of clutter running amuck, and a floor begging to be swept, mopped, and shiny. And I feel the overwhelming urge to run away from it, to walk into the other room, up the stairs, anywhere but in that kitchen with the mess staring me in the face. Where do I even begin? How to I begin to clean it? And then that sigh comes out of me. That sigh that tells me I am in no way close to having the energies, physically or mentally to clean this chunk of home. But it is in those moments that He whispers.
Come to me.
Come to me all who are overworked.
Come to me all who are overwhelmed.
I will give you rest.
You will have trouble.
Don’t be afraid.
I have already overcome it.
I have overcome the world.
I like to remind myself in those times that my kitchen is in this world. My friends are in this world. My basket case of messes is in this world. My heart is in this world…
And so is yours.
So be of good cheer, He has overcome the world.
And go ahead and let yourself smile. Even if it’s just for a moment. Indulge in His victories.