“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ― Albert Einstein

I visited my OBGYN the weekend before my second son was born. It was a random visit because I noticed that his movements were a little less than usual. Out of an abundance of caution, I visited him and he did what any astute doctor would do and ordered several tests, to include an Echocardiogram.  After the tests, it was confirmed that all was well. My mind was again at ease.

Life Can Be Full Of Pain

lifeEarly Monday morning, excruciating pains woke me up as it walked through my body. Although this was my second pregnancy,  I never experienced such pain with my firstborn. I  waited for a while thinking they would pass. But the pains persisted and after a while, I  realized I was in labour. The rest of this story is history.

My earlier preamble supports a common truth. It is that, for many, life is like going through ’labour pains’ daily.  The pain and hurt are consistently intense and appear to have no end in sight.

Believe me, there is little to no rest from trials and tests. Trials and tests are life’s methodologies for teaching navigational skills.  Skills that are needed, ones that we have to apply each passing day.

2020 – The Year Of Labour-like Pain

The events of 2020 seem to indicate so far that the entire year is a gigantic trial season. We can hardly determine which direction to tweak our plans or turn our dials.  There is a burden of uncertainty. We are experiencing:

  • a burden of fear,
  • economic burden,
  • the burden of being able to stay healthy in order to survive,
  • trials as we try to ensure that our children, (biological and society’s) do not experience major fallout out and widening gaps in their education.

We are surrounded by burdensome scenarios.

But alas, we are reminded in Matthew 11:28-29 how to get rest while facing situations meant to drive us crazy. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavily laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

Just thinking about such an offer of promised relief could inform us that it is one worth taking up.  This is the ultimate exchange that can only leave you in peace and rest.  God, our Source, is the burden-bearer who knows how to fix our mountain-size problems even though we possess mustard seed size faith.

Choose today to let go of things you have no control over.

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