"Then Jesus said, 'Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.'" -Matthew 11:28
You know, in this world we live in, it is easy to be stressed. There is so much to take care of, so many things that happen — it's amazing we get through some things. The number of people taking anti-anxiety medication has skyrocketed in America. According to USA Today, 1 in 5 people take behavioral medications. Life transitions, illness, difficult family members — sometimes life seems like more than we can bear.
I love the footsteps in the sand poem. When I was younger I found it cheesy, but its so true that during difficult times our Heavenly Father carries us, like He would a son or daughter, as we learn to "cast our cares on Him."
"...the times when you have seen only one set of footprints, is when I carried you." (Mary Stephenson)
I've always imagined the first disciples as happy, exuberant people. From what we read about them, and in spite of much persecution, they seem to have been the most loving, joy-filled people on the planet.
Today we have almost every convenience we could wish for — and in America we can worship as we please without danger. But with all the stuff and convenience we have, we seem to be the most stressed out.
Is there anything in your life you need to give to God today? He desires that we give our cares and burdens to Him, because He cares for us so much.
"Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall." (Psalm 55:22) "Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." (1 Peter 5:7)