My daughter had to work this past Sunday so I asked her to pick a scripture and explain why she selected it and here’s what she wrote:
Scripture: Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me, all who labor 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Meaning🤍: I chose this scripture today because I wanted to focus on two things: healing and peace. I say healing because one thing about healing, in my instance, is taking things slow. Learning that I have no control over the things around me and what God decides to put me through. Now that doesn’t mean I can do whatever i want and be dumb with the people and things I allow to influence my life. But it’s the discernment that not everything is in my control. For example, meeting someone and then randomly they start showing you how they really are. In this case, I had no control over how someone acts, the only control I have is how I let it affect my life and how I plan to go through it.
It’s the same with emotions and energy. In a sense, I have no control over my life events however, I have to use spiritual discernment to choose how I let it affect my life. This scripture just made me think about that; slowing down and realizing that I am not my emotions, because God makes everything happen for a reason and quite frankly everything is a test. In my eyes that test is: are we going to put our faith in God? Are we going to give him our burdens and trust in him? We already know what God is capable of but are we willing to trust him when we are faced with a challenge?
Personally, at times I let my emotions get the best of me and I don’t trust God enough. I sometimes cave into how I’m feeling and shut down and this scripture reminded me to stop doing that because God has always been on my side.
Even when I fail to place my my entire faith in Him and I question Him, He’s right there and He pulls through. It also kind of reminds me of what you always tell me. “It isn’t as bad as it seems.”
This leads me into my second point: peace. I don’t believe happiness is something I should chase because it is just a fleeting emotion along with anger, sadness etc. What I do chase is peace, being able to actually feel like i’m breathing and not suffocating in my own thoughts. In the flesh, peace reminds me of a nice warm day with cool breezes, no actually worries or deceiving thoughts going through your mind. Just enjoying what’s in front of you. But spiritually, peace to me is sitting under a tree with God just resting. This scripture is exactly how I always spiritually perceived peace, even as a baby. So this is why I chose this scripture today! I love you papa!
I pray this word of encouragement bless you the way it blessed me!