When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened. – Winston Churchill
There are many of us who face the burdens by old problems and cares, or even future concerns. Others face the prospect of living life alone after the death of a loved one, the burden of coping with this world all alone can be a very large one to bear. Still others have the burden of broken relationships with their children, their spouses or their relatives.
When one is in tension with someone one cares about, that burden can be extremely heavy to carry. Still others face the burden of making choices in this world. Wondering what they will do with their lives, wondering when they do decide if it is the right one. Anxiety and worry are a hindrance and will keep our eyes off our goal and focus.
In Peter 5:7 Jesus says to us, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” He cares about you with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully.
When our lives are filled with love, with compassion, with forgiveness, then we will be free to look around us and reach out with Jesus’ love to those who are hurting, to those who need our help in carrying the burdens of life.
Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, 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.