I have made so many wrong decisions in life that I desperately try not to remember many of them and do my best not to bring them into my present. Unfortunately, the ones you try to forget and avoid the most are the ones that keep coming back. Then I get frustrated and the harder I try the more they pop into my head and the challenge is on. It is at this point that I remember to take the Lord at His word, literally and to put all my burdens on Him.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
The Lord wants us to give Him our burdens because the burdens of life are great and He knows we cannot cope with them. He offers us a blessing in return and a life in Him is not as difficult to bear as the burdens we have already. In Christ, we will find rest. Who does that? Who says to someone, give me your stressed, problematic life and I will give you my easy privileged life so you can rest. The Lord loves to fight our battles for us, but we don’t let Him. He won’t force His help onto us but He has made it so easy for us to come to Him.
Once I remember to call on the Lord, I don’t stop until I get an answer. We are an impatient lot and we tend to give up quickly. If it is worth having, it is worth waiting for! Don’t give up until the Lord answers you. This is a test of your Faith and your endurance, which will strengthen you spiritually. Talking to the Lord about your problems; all of them, asking Him to help you deal with them or release you from them should not be a one visit, one conversation request. The Lord will not spoil us and turn us into ungrateful intolerable children by giving us everything we want when we want it. You will need to nurture your relationship with God.
When I go to the Lord about something specific, I go in earnest, full of expectations. I have proved the Lord so many times in my life that I know He will answer me, so I immediately have a joy in my spirit at the thought of it. I get rid of all distractions, find my private space and begin to worship, talk, cry in no particular order, sometimes all at the same time. Often when the burden is really heavy I just lay and think about Him, thinking over everything in my spirit without saying a word out aloud. He dwells in my Spirit, so He completely understands the problem. I don’t always receive the answer I am expecting but I always trust the answer I am given. I will petition the Lord daily, talk, reason, ask questions, laugh and cry. He is my Father and there is nothing He wouldn’t do for me so there is nothing I am afraid to discuss with Him.
When I am feeling sad, anxious, distracted with things happening around me, trying to find the right way to deal with a situation, I take absolutely anything and everything to Him and relieve myself of the burden of it. Many mornings after crying to the Lord at night, I wake up completely refreshed, and with clarity. A peace in my spirit. I go to the Lord with so many things now that sometimes I receive an immediate response, while other times it takes longer. It is not possible to find another person who understands you COMPLETELY and can help you out of your situations EVERY TIME who is capable of giving you REST from your burdens!