“The greatness of the man's power is the measure of his surrender.” – William Booth
We all have things we aren’t proud of. We bury those things in the dark corners of our hearts, and we carry them with us. And it isn’t just shame and guilt. It’s also worry, fear, anxiety, pride, depression, laziness, loneliness, resentment, and lust. It’s debt, student loans, insurance, and car payments. It’s dreading another day in the office. No matter what you do, life just keeps getting more overwhelming.
Have you considered giving it to God? How long has it been since you’ve heard His voice? This crazy world fills our hearts, eyes, and ears with so much clutter and noise that it’s often hard to tell which way is up. If you’re human (which I’m assuming you are), you probably feel heavy today. And that’s ok. We all swim in our own pool of despair sometimes. But if you’re ready to get out of that dark place, here’s how: hit your knees.
God wants your heart. Not just the good parts, and not just your praise - He wants it all. He wants your brokenness and confusion. He wants to know you so intimately that He literally let His son die a horrible death for you. His heart longs for your heart. He made you. He gave us life, yet we run from Him. We fill our days with work, Instagram, food, drinking, lust, exercise, friends, laughter, and family, and we ignore God. At best, we give Him a few minutes, when He gave us eternity. And we wonder why we feel so distant. Rest assured, God is still right beside you. He is faithful, and there’s nothing you can do that will change His unconditional, relentless pursuit of your heart.
Hit your knees. Tell Him your fears. Tell Him about your loneliness. Tell Him about the yearning in your heart for something different. Tell Him about the darkness in your soul. Ask Him to take it all away, and believe that He will. That spot on the floor next to you…it looks a lot like redemption. Go there, and go there often.
“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.” Matthew 11:28-30