Tuesday, January 24, 2006

There's no Way to Segue between Kermit and Jesus

Did you know that Kermit is the only one of the Muppets to cross over to Sesame Street? Last night I learned this bit of trivia...The Muppet Show and Sesame Street are two entirely different entities and do not share any of the same characters EXCEPT for Kermit. Huh. Learn something new every day...

I mentioned the following on Sunday morning in church, so if you go to ODC, you don't need to feel compelled to read on...Recently, I have been wrestling with some serious discouragement. It's a strange thing because it's hard to really pin down how I feel; it's sort of this nebulous cloud of negativity about many different issues. Anyway, I was glad of some escape and distraction from this when I went to Michigan, but as I contemplated coming home, I felt overwhelmed with the dread of having to face this slough of despond again. It was a mixture of so many feelings: sadness, frustration, disappointment, hopelessness...Now, let me clarify, this has nothing to do with Brad. I missed him terribly and couldn't wait to see him again. Let's just say it's everything BUT Brad.

Anyway- in the midst of this plunging back into blechhness, I felt like the Holy Spirit put something in my mind. I remembered our Watch Night Service here, which was held by Joe Anderson. He had mentioned the fact that Jesus said, " My yoke is easy, and my burden is light." My burden certainly did not feel light. I thought, how can Jesus say this? And yet, He DID say it. It must be true. Even though it made little or NO sense to me, I was able to take a measure of comfort in it.

If the load Jesus gives us is truly light, this means there are certain things we don't have to carry, things we shouldn't carry, things God never intended us to carry; Jesus said, ' Learn of me...' Perhaps He was saying, Learn about My burden...Learn what is necessary to carry, and drop the rest. Weed out the baggage.

It blessed me indescribably to know that God cared about what I was going through. He cared enough to remind me that His load is easy...His timing is perfect...His plan is The Best. He's not just choosing between the lesser of a few evils, not simply scrambling around at the last minute, salvaging together a silver lining out of a dark cloud...He is doing A Perfect Work.

5 comments:

lis said...

Ahhh...that explains the dearth of posts. I'm sorry, Claire...and happy for the Holy Spirit's help! Praying that you find that Jesus is enough in each of those hard situations, and that Jesus sends you the desires of your heart.

Love!

Shay Dawg said...

Amen, thanks for sharing Claire. It's something I needed to hear just this very moment.

Shari said...

I also needed to hear this today. I forget to "drop the rest" and if I do remember, I tend to grab it back again after a few hours. I need to put that verse on my desktop and read it every day, as a reminder to let Him carry the burden. Thanks for sharing, Claire. :-)

KW said...

This is really good Claire...Helps to hear what you wrote about Jesus taking our burden which is why it is light in the first place. What an insightful thought.

DJ said...

Amen...