"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
In a recent sermon entitled "Life is a Stress Test", Pastor Wallace explains that stress occurs in every facet of day to day living. It's not a matter of if, but when. And, ignoring the effects it has on us endangers our mental, emotional, and physical health.
When we think high stress levels, the big causes come immediately to mind. Death of a loved one. Divorce. Job loss. Moving. But, these, happily for most of us, are few and far between, giving us time to acknowledge our stress, cope with it, and move on.
However, and more insidiously, it is the little stresses, the ones we allow to build up over time, which can be equally damaging if left untreated.
The alarm fails to go off. You're late! You jump out of bed, holler to the kids to get up and get moving, while you frantically scramble to get ready for work.
Kids to the bus. You in the car. Speeding recklessly to make up for lost time. Uh-oh! Blue lights flashing a warning behind you. Yep! It's ticket time.
And, yet another delay. Now, you are really late. As if being stopped by the police isn't heart-pounding enough, the boss hurls a tirade of criticism at you the moment you enter the office. Belittling you in front of you co-workers. Jangling your last nerve.
It's only 10:00 a.m., and you are ready to throw in the towel. But, the worst is yet to come . . .
The phone calls. Disgruntled clients. Your child's teacher reporting an "F" on today's math test. Your spouse to say he's working late.
The interruptions. Co-workers needing this. Needing that. And, the papers on your desk are piling up . . .
No time for a proper lunch. Wolfing down a stale sandwich from the vending machine, you stay glued to your desk. Your phone. Your computer. Working ceaselessly, desperately. Watching the clock. Wishing this day would end.
Frazzled. Frustrated. Burned out.
All 'stressed' up and nowhere to go but home. Where you will more than likely dump all your stress and anger onto your unsuspecting family.
Pastor Wallace reminds you there is someone waiting for you. Inviting you to come and lay your burdens at His feet. One who will ease your troubled mind and wounded heart.
And, give you rest.
Come to me . . .
Can you hear Jesus calling? Will you accept His invitation?
Are you ready to 'stress' down?
Let us go to the Lord in prayer: In times of stress, Father, help us to remember Jesus' invitation to come to Him and find rest for our weary souls. Let us enter into Your peace which passes all understanding and find comfort in the blessing of Your presence. Amen.