Recently I asked my friend Dee to share a story about God’s help to her, on this blog. She had been really busy lately and had not seen my recent post on weariness of the soul. Her story is appropriate at this time. Enjoy. Love Michelle
I have got to a stage in life where it seemed life was weighing me down. As I looked back over the path of my life-journey, I realised that somehow it seemed to be harder each year as issues compound upon one another. My child was a very ill baby and now as years go by, the repercussions continue to affect her life, as one learning disability builds upon another. Now, my soul is burdened for her, it’s become a great sadness that I carry and it seems so unfair. So I said to the Lord
“Lord how can it be well with my soul when it’s not well with my life?”
In my mind, I recalled my bible saying: “Take My yoke upon you for my yoke is easy and my burden is light” but at that moment it didn’t seem to make sense.
So I looked up the passage in Matthew 11, and found that the passage heading is ‘Rest for the Weary’ and actually starts at verse 25 with praise to the Father. Then Jesus goes on to say in v28 and 29:
“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your heart. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
What I knew was only the last line. I read it over and over again and then I heard God saying to me; “But you haven’t come to Me with this.” I had often been in prayer for my child and now realised that although I’d been bringing my daughter with her burden before the Lord, I hadn’t brought myself to Him in this, and God was requiring the action of me coming. As I came before the Lord in prayer I felt a lifting in my soul, almost like a fresh breeze flowing into me, a breath, and it was in the action of ‘coming myself’ that a peacefulness filled my soul.
When I looked up the meaning of ‘rest’, I learnt that it’s not referring to idle rest as we understand rest to be, but rather a peaceful experience- untroubled within by conflict. And the Lord said to me:
The verse goes on to say that He is ‘gentle and humble in heart’, and as I embraced this tenderness He brought restoration to my tired heart. I now understand this verse in a new light and I can truly say “It is well with my soul”.
Thank you Dee, for sharing your story with us. If you would like to read more on weariness, see: