As parents, spouses… friends; we all have to face the “reality” of our lives. The facts are unavoidable, our age… weight, shoe size, paycheck totals and monthly obligations that keep coming at us. Our rapidly changing digital world culture, the hard cost to insure a teen driver & then to find a way to send them to college.
All tangible, touchable realities…
We wrestle with them whenever our minds can’t be distracted with something “other” and when we face those facts head on, we often try to solve them all on our own…one by one. Sleeplessly awaking to make sure we’ve not forgotten a vital detail – nervously wondering if we’ve covered ALL the gaps.
I can almost imagine that inside of us we hide a massive virtual checklist, one that wants each empty box checked before we can finally allow ourselves to “rest”… trying to add things up in our head – desperate to find answers to all of the un-solved problems that buzz around our lives.
It’s exhausting because we forget…
We forget that we “can’t” solve all of those life issues, that we were never intended or designed to be the be-all-end-all solution finder for our kids, our homes or our marriages. The realities of our crazy lives push us to perform at super-human levels of activity, driving ourselves harder and harder to find “an answer” to the next challenge that life drops in our lap and redlining our sanity dangerously in the process.
For those of us who choose to follow Jesus we have options that can re-orient our eyeballs off of our virtual checklist’s and into the face of the one who promised to take care of his children. Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV – Biblegateway)
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
I’m not suggesting that if we simply “ignore” the realities of life, expecting God to show up like a genie in a bottle to blithely grant us a “wish” and make it all just disappear. I am saying that we can only do what we can do, and then we have to let “go” and consider that the faith we’re trusting in to save our souls for eternity should be able to handle our next mortgage payment, doctor bill… or hormone infused teen man-child in your bonus room 🙂
Peace out and may God richly bless you with renewed hope and vision for the life journeys we share.