These are the words that have been on my heart for a few days now. Many times we get into ruts. Ruts that go around a big mountain, that get deeper and deeper as we go. We even feel like we are just spinning our wheels not going anywhere. That's because tires are not made for ruts. They are made for pavement. They can't get the traction they need to go anywhere in dirt. So the wheel keeps spinning making the rut deeper. Those ruts in life are the same way. We hang on to things that get us no where. Hurt? Spin the wheel a little more. Unforgiveness? A little deeper. No matter what it is, and we all have been there, we hold on to something that sears and etches in our hearts that lead to bitterness. Depression, anxiety, sickness, offense, fear and so on are also in those ruts. But the root comes from not letting things go. Taking things to the Cross of Jesus and leaving them there. I see every day where people hold on to something someone said or did to them for years. And I see the damage it has caused. It imprisons us. It puts those chains back on us that Jesus removed at the Cross. Jesus wants us set free from all those things. He wants us to have life abundantly. He wants us to let Him have that heavy yolk and put on His that light. To follow the Lord means we accept His very words to His disciples: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” Matt. 11:30 There is still a yoke and burden to carry although it is light (or even lighter). We carry our yoke and burden trusting in the Lord’s heart of gentleness, meekness, and humility as we carry it in Him and with Him. Following the Lord Jesus Christ does not guarantee that there will be no more suffering, pain, and injustice. Unless everyone is transformed in the Lord, people will always cause other peoples’ sufferings and pains. This is why following the Lord means taking one’s yoke and expecting that life will be burdensome—but there will be rest. The Lord will give us rest so we can carry on with life. Let us listen to the Word and do the will of the Father for this is the right thing to do. Friends I have been through these very things, and I tell you it is no life. And I still find myself going through some. I have to remind myself, it's not mine to carry. It's time to get out of that rut, put the rubber on the road and go... Jesus says, "Give it to Me. Let it go and Live."
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