My mom gave me this book, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young for Christmas. Last year a local Christian radio station read from it daily and I was often so encouraged by her words. She took her own prayer journal and her increased awareness God’s daily presence in her life and created a devotional filled with Jesus’ words to her and us that we would have a greater sense of “God with us.” Each day is written as if Jesus were speaking directly to us. Because He is.
Today’s words are taken from Isaiah 41:10, Zephaniah 3:17 and Psalm 34:19
The world is too much with you, My child. Your mind leaps from problem to problem to problem, tangling your thoughts in anxious knots. When you think like that, you leave Me out of your world-view and your mind becomes darkened. Though I yearn to help, I will not violate your freedom. I stand silently in the background of your mind, waiting for you to remember that I am with you.
When you turn from your problems to My Presence, your load is immediately lighter. Circumstances may not have changed, but we carry your burdens together. Your compulsion to ‘fix’ everything gives way to deep, satisfying connection with Me. Together we can handle whatever this day brings.
I love this reminder from some of my favorite passages of scripture. I will travel lighter today, sharing my burdens with the One who carries them with me.