Burdens

Why is it we believe God needs us to achieve at a certain level in order to use us? Why is it we believe Him to be waiting patiently for us to hit the right note in order to turn that prayer into a miracle, that word into a prophecy, that act of encouragement into a transformation?

“If I could just believe strong enough, with a pure heart, then I know He could move.”

Sound familiar? I will tell you something, my friends. He does not sit and wait for us to reach anything. Because it does not depend on us. It does not depend on us. How freeing that is. How empowering.

What does that look like? I will share with you, dear reader, a revelation in my own life. My friends and I were celebrating the birthdays of two brothers– twins. And we decided to pray over their lives for the upcoming year. We would all sit quietly and ask God for a word for them, and write it down to share with the group later. And I was terrified. I was terrified that I would hear nothing. That what I heard would not match what my friends were hearing. That they would discover that I really can’t hear from God, and how mortifying would that be?

And I prayed the prayer of those who have nothing to lose. “God, I am going to write my friends a letter, and if you have anything you want me to tell them…have it come from my pen.” And I wrote. And we shared.

And I was blown away. For what I wrote carried the same words, symbolisms and expressions of those in the entire room, right down to specific words such as “sword” and “trumpet.” We matched in our prayers for them, what we saw for them and how we wanted God to bless them. Without knowing how, I had indeed heard from God. “But I didn’t do anything,” I thought. “I didn’t do anything; I don’t even know how to do this!” Exactly. And so I tasted the grace of God.

“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.” – Matthew 11:29 

From contributing writer, Emily Muhlbach, Board Member