|By Sara Blasko, Children’s Ministry Director|
Have you ever been helping someone lift something REALLY heavy and then all of the sudden realized that you aren’t actually doing anything and that they have taken the brunt of the weight? Growing up with no brothers and two little sisters and a dad that always had a million projects going, I was asked to help with a lot.
Several times during construction projects, my dad would ask for help carrying a heavy item or holding something while he nailed it in. Sometimes I would be straining to hold something and my dad would say you don’t have to do that…I’ve got it I just need you here to balance it. I would relax my hold and realize that I really wasn’t doing anything but putting a hand on it. After that I would remember to scale back a little and check to see if my dad had it. Most of the time he did. It was always such a relief. In my head it was all up to me to hold up the heavy board or whatever it was. I would be straining and sweating and it was all for nothing. My dad had it.
Our Heavenly Father has got this. We don’t need to fight with each other about this. We may have different opinions on masks, and social distancing, and politics, but all of that conflict with each other doesn’t matter. God’s got this. Does that mean we should throw caution to the wind and act irresponsibly? NO! Does that mean we should lock ourselves away forever? NO! It does mean that we need to be kind to one another and love one another and to trust that God’s got this. He is the one in charge…we are not. Everything going on in the World right now is REALLY heavy. He wants us to relax and take a deep breath and let him take our burden.
Matthew 11:28-30 says “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”