Pastor's Pen: Give in
One thing that I seem to struggle with the most is going to bed. When I was visiting my family over Christmas I noticed that my almost 1-year-old nephew has the same issue. He fights going to sleep until completely exhausted and, finally, when he’s wore out, he gives into the inevitable and goes to sleep. We must have some sleep-fighting family gene.
I constantly fight sleep. Even when I’m sick I will attempt to stay up and refuse to go to sleep, that is, until I’m so sick of being sick that I just give in. I head to the cabinet and grab some night time cold medicine, which knocks me right out. Before that I’m irritable and miserable. I only gain peace after I surrender to rest and say, “I need to get over this. I need sleep.” My symptoms aren’t completely gone, yet I become calm and relaxed.
This is the way it is with God. Too often I fight God. I try to make Him see things my way and succumb to my will and wishes. I become stressed and miserable until finally I give up and say, “I can’t do this anymore! I need You!” Then my burden lifts and I feel at peace. Are all my troubles gone? No. The waves still rage around me. But I’m no longer concerned with them. I’m at peace because everything is now in the powerful and capable hands of the Lord.
In Matthew 11:28-30 Christ says it this way: “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
“Cast all your cares upon Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)