I did. Sometimes, we traded jewelry, candy or even Barbies(TM). I remember the “rush” I would get when I’d trade something I knew was just an “ok” item for some terrific toy and goodie! For instance, my doll may not have been nearly as cool as the doll I traded to receive (or at least in my mind it wasn’t). Aaah, memories of youth.
Flash back to 2010.
My recent days in this life have been overwhelming. We just came off a revival and my work has been taxing. I thank God for the opportunity to consult, so I’m not complaining about that. The revival was spectacular, so I’m not complaining about that either. It’s just that my schedule has left me exhausted, drained and a little stressed. So much to do and so little time. If I could, I’d help all my clients in one day, visit everyone that it sick, sad or depressed while spending the entire day with my family. Yeah, right huh? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could be all things to all people?
God’s Word – Always Works
Today during my quiet time with the Lord, I was struck by a wonderful opportunity in God’s word. As I read Matthew 11:30, Jesus offered an amazing trade for people like me.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Wow! Jesus tells me to come to Him with my burdens and He offers a chance for me to take His easy one in the place of mine. What peace filled my soul when I read that today. I felt rejuvenated as I traded burdens with Him this evening. I was tempted to take one back, but I left it there!
My Prayer for May 10, 2010:
“Today, I entrust to You all that concerns me, Lord. At the alter of mercy, I lay my prayer requests for my church family, my natural family, my neighbors and my friends. In fact, Father, I give you everything that is a source of stress, struggle and strain in my life. After all, my role is to pray, support, love and console others. You are their primary Source, so I trust everyone I love to you. Thank you, Father for the peace of your Holy Spirit. Thank you for being a very present help in times of trouble. I love you, Father and I trust you with my trade. Amen.”
The next time you are concerned, overwhelmed or troubled…make a good trade like I did.