Have you ever thought of God’s strength as medication? Something you can take to ease the pain? Something you can take to push through until the end of the day? Instead of popping a pill because of the next stress headache, maybe try opening the bible and digesting a few verses. The bible is filled with God’s Word, the Word that relieves all pain, physical and emotional. The Word that releases all stress, if we allow it. The Word that transforms us from crazy busy to peaceful.
Matthew 11:28-29 states, “Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Jesus wants us to lay our burdens on Him. He does not want us to manage all alone. Once we release our burdens to Christ and walk beside Him, we will find a peace that will begin to transform our lives. Tracie Miles shares in the book, Stressed-Less Living, “His desire is that we come to understand the importance of walking with him everyday, because that is where we gain our strength.”
We are begging for strength to get through the day, week, month. I know, I have been there. But, instead of begging and pleading, why are we not releasing to God? Why are we not letting go of our troubles and praying over them? Why are we not stepping back to take a look at how we allowed ourselves to become this stressed out to begin with?
I understand that some situations just put us into immediate stress without any warning. For example, when my son was diagnosed with brain cancer, our entire world just turned on us. We were put into high stress mode from nothing just the day before. He died one month later and again, stress just increased immediately. However, we grasped on for God. He sent us a life line and we held on as tightly as we could. We let go of EVERYTHING else around us: friends, obligations, parties, social gatherings, extra work, etc. Totally and completely let go of all of it. We clung to the one who we knew could pull us through. And He did.
God will give us strength when we need it. “Strength to walk in his joy when we cannot find any reason to be joyful. Strength to stand firm in our faith when things seem hopeless. And strength to be strong when the painful things of life are taking their toll on our hearts.” (Stressed-Less Living, Tracie Miles)
That situation is not typical. Most everyday stress comes from over-booking yourself for various things. Could be work, social, volunteering, play dates for kids, sports, pressures of keeping house, etc. I could go on and on. When normal, everyday life stresses creep into your life, you need to step back and say to yourself, “What can I get rid of? What is it God is telling me? What is God’s will for me today?” Maybe God doesn’t need you to be at both soccer practice and PTA. Maybe He needs you to be in His Word.
I have made a habit of praying each morning and listening to some worship music as well to start off my day. It has really made an impact on how the rest of my day unfolds. I challenge you to do something similar. Find a few moments before your day begins to say hello to God and to ask Him what He has planned for you today. Then, make sure you do that and not too much else! At the end of the day, be sure to thank Him also.