Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)
As I cried and screamed hysterically on the phone, my mother (who is now enjoying the comforts of Heaven), waited patiently for a moment to interject. First, she gently told me to calm down. Then she asked me to repeat myself so that she could assess what was going on with me. I had just been given some terrible news concerning my daughter’s health. She was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF)…a chronic lung disease, which also affects the digestive system.
My daughter was eighteen months old at the time of her diagnosis. I came so close to losing her to what was labeled as “failure to thrive” more than once. And though it was difficult going in and out of the hospital, what I heard from the doctor that morning seemed like a death sentence at the time. It seemed so final. It sounded horrible. And I learned, that day, the word “chronic” means it is never going away…that she would have to live with this for the rest of her life. And though I was in a place of pity, my heart more so ached for my baby girl, and what burdens she would have to bear concerning her health in the future.
At the time, I had not yet accepted Christ as my Saviour. So I could not possibly comprehend what my mother was saying at the time. When she finally got me to calm down and could hear exactly what I was saying. She immediately spoke up and said, “She’s gonna be okay…she won’t always have it.” I tried to explain that “chronic” meant it is never going away. And she insisted that this would not be the case.
Yep…she had unshakable faith!
Though I was a little frustrated trying to explain this medical concept, I began to feel at ease, as a peace started to fill my bedroom while I was still on the phone having the conversation with her.
Fastforward a couple of years later, when I surrendered my heart to the Lord…I instantly understood the place of faith my mother was speaking from.
Suddenly, I realized could give this burden directly to Him. And I did!
We were years into it…and the treatment regimen was quite taxing. And things even progressed to the tune of up to six hospitalizations a year. None the less, God was faithful through it all. Clearly His grace has been present all these years.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
At the time we received that dreaded phone call, the average lifespan for CF patients was twenty one years old. My Kadazia celebrated her 21st birthday last year, and she is still full of life and has much of it left in her!
I had to learn how to embrace the hand of cards that was dealt to us. I had to learn that, even in the most difficult times (through infections, surgeries, and other complications along the way), God knew full well what I/we could endure. And He never let me cave under the pressure of it all. Here I am…we are…still standing and celebrating the beauty of life every single day we get to experience it.
As you read today, I encourage you…whatever your burden, yoke, or even a moment of uncertainty is…trade it for His. As promised, what He will give you is easy and light…even when it does not feel that way. Whatever God allows to happen upon you, He will never let it be for naught. Out of every tough circumstance, in accordance with 1 Peter 5:10, He will:
- Establish you.
Through every trial, you will grow in faith as God proves Himself to be strong and mighty each time you trust Him.
- Strengthen you.
He will remind you that His strength is made perfect in your times of weakness and will help you realize your untapped tenacity within.
- Settle you.
Your Heavenly Father will help you to be content in the state you are in…and give you a measure of peace that can only come from and through Him. So whatever you are experiencing today, take a chance. Swap your burden for His.
Lord, thank you for being willing to make such a trade…to swap my burdens for yours. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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