I am weary. I feel the weight pressing upon my shoulders. I dread my many responsibilities. Failure isn’t an option, yet I doubt my success. I can’t seem to do the simplest of things, let alone the things that are important. Why keep trying if you can’t succeed? These are the thoughts that I battle recently. I am overwhelmed. I am tired.
Yet this morning, I awake with three simple words on my mind. I know they are from God. They penetrate my chaos creating a place of peace. Within their truth, I find rest. The words are simple, but the meaning is profound.
I love you.
I know it is Christ speaking. As I let those words sink in, I let out a huge sigh. I feel as though I have been inhaling for weeks without ever exhaling. The pressure inside is so great I may burst. Yet these simple words allow me to exhale, to let go of the things I have been holding inside. They allow me to let go of things I can’t control. They allow me to stop striving and rest.
My status has been given to me as a gift: I am LOVED BY GOD. I don’t have to earn a status, just receive it. My identity isn’t riding on my success, but on His love which is unfailing. He bears the weight of the world on His shoulders. I can go to Him and find rest for my weary soul. That rest is found in His unfailing love.
Just as Christ spoke them this morning to my heart, I pray they would resound in yours. Jesus speaks these simple yet life changing words bring rest to your soul once more. I love you. Believe it my friend, and receive those three simple words.
“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders.” Deuteronomy 33:12