Have you ever said to yourself, “I need a vacation from my problems!”?
A few years ago I found myself in a pretty dark place. I was unhappy in my career and I wasn’t very happy with myself. In an effort to deal with the problems in my life, I decided to take, “a vacation from my problems”. I thought if I could get away from my problems things might get better. It might sound like a weird location, but I went to Livno, Bosnia.
I jumped on a plane and flew half a world away from my problems. After being in Bosnia for a few days working rebuilding classrooms at a local school, I realized something terrifying. MY BIGGEST PROBLEM HAD FOLLOWED ME TO BOSNIA!
I realized my biggest problem was ME! My attitude, actions and decisions had created many of my problems. As that set in, I took a few minutes to sit down and think.
I sat down on the ballcony of my hotel room and looked over the beautiful vacant lot outside my window. My only friends in this difficult moment where a burned out old car and a cow. Not sure where either of them came from, but there we were. My problems, me, burned out car and a cow. And then it happened. Jesus spoke to me.
Jesus said to me, “Why don’t you get our Bible out and read your life verse.” I said, “NO”. This happen twice more and then i finally I grabbed my Bible and opened it to Matthew 11:28-30 and I read this.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
In that moment, on that balcony, with that burned out car and a cow I realized I never needed to run from my problems. And neither do you! No matter what you’re going through or what problems your’ve created, Jesus is here INVITING YOU TO WALK WITH HIM IN THIS LIFE. You’re tired and worn out. You’re burned out on religion. But from this day on, you can take his invitation and recover your life. You can take a real rest for you soul. You can discovered the unforced rhythms of grace and it will make all the difference in your life.
My life isn’t perfect and it never will be. I still create many of the problems in my life. But I’ve discovered that no matter what problems we face we don’t have to run away from them. We don’t have to beat ourselves up or shame ourselves for creating them. We can learn the unforced rhythms of Grace.
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