While praying – and worrying – about a situation in my Sandwich Generation family, I realized there was nothing I could do about it. And I told God that. I prayed for Him to take over totally and I surrendered it all over to Him. What a sense of relief I felt. And then I remembered an old Scripture passage I'd always loved but not quite understood and it was like a light bulb went off. I finally got it!
"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30
I was never quite sure how to give HIm my burdens and take His. But this time, when I literally held out my hand and "gave the situation" to Him, I realized that I WAS giving Him my burden. And I felt so much lighter wrapped in His comfort and presence. Don't get me wrong. I've done this many times before and it's always been a blessing. But it was the first time I connected this action to the passage in Matthew.
Our Sandwich Generation issues can definitely be a challenge many times in our lives. But when we choose to surrender EVERYTHING, including those issues, to God, we can rest in His promises and provision.
How about you? Has an old familiar verse taken on a new "light" for you lately? We'd love to hear about it.
P.S. Want a coloring page to help your grandkids learn this verse as well? Your wish is my command!
P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I appreciate them very much and read each one. I also do my best to reply to them all but, as you can imagine, there are times (many times, lately :) ) when caregiving needs do not allow for that. Thank you for your patience and your sweet comments.