The last month has been surprisingly busy. When Robbie and I got back from our wedding time at home, I thought, “Ok, I have the “Fundraiser Planning Season” and then Robbie has his “School Season”, but then life will calm down.” It hasn’t quite worked out that way because pretty much in conjunction with his school finishing, I was put in charge of planning our big 20th Anniversary Celebration…which is in a week.
So alas, here we are in another busy season, and this is an all out busy season for everyone here on the base. Our warehouse is in the midst of massive, massive renovations (if you have been to YWAM Newcastle before you would be so shocked at how different it all looks). It’s very exciting, but in the midst of this season, it can be an obvious time to “just be stressed.” You know when you’re in a busy season or you have a hard situation come up, and there is an automatic response or assumption of “stress”? I think we all do it, particularly in this day and age when everything is go-go-go. We are always on the move. Well I am not a fan of assuming stress, especially when I know that God doesn’t have that assumption or expectation. In fact, it’s quite the opposite actually.
‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gently and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’ Matthew 11:28-30
This verse is quoted often at churches or at conferences, and I don’t want to discount them because they always have great stuff to say. I love hearing all about the realistic meaning of a yoke and what that looks like. However, one of the most practical (and I’m all about practical) understandings of this verse came from my husband. I love my husband, and he has so, so much wisdom! He said one time that whenever he finds himself stressed out or feeling anxious or short, he will just step away with God, put a worship song on and rest for a minute. THEN, he’ll acknowledge how he is feeling, give it to God and asked for the good character quality of God to replace it. He very literally is “exchanging yokes” with God. “Here’s all my junk…please give me your good.” “Here’s my impatience…please fill me with your patience.” “Here’s my pride….please give me your humility and grace.” “Here’s my frustration and anxiety…please give me your peace and your wisdom.” There are about a million scenarios where we can acknowledge our “junk” and then think of what is in God that is the opposite and ask for it.
‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.’ Matthew 7:7
God is so available to us, but with all our junk, we (emphasis on us here) distance ourselves. I heard a quote the other day- “If you are feeling far away from God…guess who moved…” SO true! It’s often we who need to just get real, acknowledge where we are at and get right. We make it into this big huge crazy thing, and it’s so simple. God has so much, but we don’t ask.
In the midst of these busy seasons that I often find myself in, I am thankful for the wisdom of my husband and the grace of God to learn how to handle this so much better than I used to handle it. Soooo thankful!
Exchange your junk…it’s worth it. :)