I met someone who was deeply broken-hearted. I had known her for a while without knowing but after a deeper conversation, she shared her heart. We talked about sharing our hearts and burdens with Jesus and what that looks like. When our hearts become heavy or weary, there is one sure place that we can go for respite, we can go to The Lord. It is a hope that I turn to in times of greatest need, one that has been the anchor of strength and comfort.
The Lord knows our hearts and can see every part of us, even in-between the parts of the parts (as my Pastor said on Sunday). More, this One gazes towards us with such great love, we are drawn near to his heart; warmed by the Light of His Spirit and called by His Father to be comforted and filled with tender mercy.
This is no ordinary rest, no ordinary peace. It is the love and comfort of God. It is like the warm embrace that a child receives when he or she asks to be received by their father. It is hope answered. It is the gentle reprieve that bends to receive each of our hearts on the most burdensome days of our lives. Jesus is able to see, know and reach into our hearts beyond words that we may or may not be able to form and respond with love and wisdom.
Even if you don’t think that you know how to “go to the Lord in prayer”, it is possible to take your heart to him at this moment. Simply find a quiet place. Ask in His Name. Believe in Him. Tell Him what is on your heart. Start with the first things that come to mind like you are speaking to a friend that is very near. (If you have trouble speaking it, try singing it.) Listen to a song. Then start again. Some of us have difficulty asking for help and before praying need to practice saying “Lord, help me”. That is a prayer too.
We walk in God’s joy; filled by his Love as his sons and daughters. We have a near and merciful Sheperd that seeks to unburden us. He says, “Come to me” with a promise of rest.
Knowing that we can go to God for rest and comfort is one of the greatest gifts that we are given. Scripture encourages us. We are given these promises:
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.
Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs And carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.
A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice.
For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;
I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick; but the fat and the strong I will destroy I will feed them with judgment.
© 2019 Linda Willows