Thursday, December 5, 2013

Harassed and Helpless

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9:36)

"Come to me, all who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Are you feeling harassed and helpless this holiday season?

-Harassed by other people's expectations?

-Helpless to change yourself or others?

-Harassed by offspring who are needy 24/7?

-Helpless to heal major medical issues in friends and family?

-Harassed by bell ringers and tele-marketer-charities? 

-Weary of the parties and the decorations; the gift buying and gift wrapping; the non-stop action?

-Burdened by foot long to-do lists-for today, to say nothing of the week or the month?

-Harassed by advertisements of give more-get more?

-Helpless to do it all?

-Burdened by sorrow?

-Harassed by your own expectations? Your own advent calendar activities and traditions?

-Burdened by broken relationships and dysfunctional families?

-Helpless in the morass of issues you are powerless to change?

-Weary from juggling life, career, family, everything?

-Burdened by overwhelming debt?

-Stressed, stressed out, strained, worn out, hard-pressed, careworn, worried, troubled, beleaguered, under pressure, at the end of one's tether, at the end of one's rope; hassled?

Jesus sees you. YOU! His heart over flows with compassion for YOU.

And He says, "come."

"Learn from Me."

This God-man, who absconded to a desert place with His disciples for some R&R. But the crowds found Him there.

This Immanuel, who was so thronged by people needing healing, that some of those people entered through the roof to get to Him. He didn't even have time to eat and His friends thought He was crazy.

This Good Shepherd, who knows your name and desires for you to live abundantly-even during hectic and chaotic holiday seasons.

This Prince of Peace, who died for you to have peace with God and peace on earth.

This Son of God and Son of Man, who went to a mountain to pray and prayed all through the night.

Jesus Christ was thronged, needed and extremely busy about His Father's work. Yet we would never call His demeanor harassed or helpless. He went to His Father for enabling to do His work. He radiated peace and power and rest.  


Take His yoke.

Learn from Him.

His yoke is easy. His burden is light.

Find rest for your soul.

Come through prayer. Open your hands (literally and figuratively) to receive the peace and rest Jesus has for you. Learn through scripture readings. Take time to ponder this season and this all amazing gift.

The promise and blessing is to those who come. Grace is available to all, but only the humble appropriate it, because only the humble realize their need for it.

Come. Take. Learn. Find.