During a trip to my hometown in Indiana to visit family earlier this year, I took on a fresh load of heavy. I found out some difficult news that affect the health of two of those dearest to us, and I learned of two deaths-my aunt and a good friend of Adam’s. Coming back to Missouri, I took back on my own daily heavy.
I had such a great trip in spite of the difficult, I have an incredible God that designed me and knows exactly what I’m thinking and feeling, and I have so much to be thankful for in my daily life, but I felt my face drooped and my spirit hanging heavy in the off moments of my days. I felt God impressing on me to, “Carry yourself light.”
Definition of Light
Light has a lot of meanings and usages. It can mean:
- The opposite of heavy- having little weight
- Free from care- cheerful
- Spiritually illuminated- wise from Truth
- Goodness shining in the darkness John 1:5
Put to the Test
This spring brought other heaviness, and I was tempted to carry myself as one deserving to be pitied. After a long day or a disagreement about something that matters with a friend or my husband, I noticed my posture even shriveling under the heavy. When decisions weighed long about kids schooling and my energy level took a dive, I could feel everything in my earthly self feeling crushed under the weight of it. Even on a good day, I still could feel the heaviness of those ongoing concerns shadowing my existence.
Yet, all this season, God has lovingly, kindly whispered, “Carry yourself light.”
And, when I listen and respond to Him, it makes a difference in my friendships, my marriage, my home.
God’s Light Yoke
He has reminded me of His call in Matthew 8:28-30:
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
He has reminded me to participate in His yoke exchange and Strength Exchange. Yokes can either be a symbol of bondage and grueling work that drives us into the ground or of a tool that enables us to operate at maximum capacity and efficiency. The yoke He gives us is light. When we take His yoke upon us, we feel the difference.
And so, we can carry ourselves light.
How Has God Encouraged You?
Please share ways that God has worked in your life to help you carry yourself light!